Eliza Wins Financial Times Young Journalist Competition


A Level Economics student Eliza Stevenson-Hamilton was recently announced as the national winner of the LIBF Financial Times Young Journalist Competition in the 16-17 age group.

There was fierce competition and Eliza’s unique and insightful journalism was described by the FT judges as ‘really impressive’. In addition to £150 prize money and the 2021 certificate Eliza, together with her Head of Economics Mr Fisher, were invited to take part in a podcast to talk about her research and innovative ideas. The podcast can be found here .

Mr Fisher commented: “Eliza is a natural economist who writes with fluency, accuracy and wit. She is one of a number of exceptionally talented students in this year’s strong Six One cohort and is very much a worthy winner of this coveted competition.”

Clear Barrett, the Financial Times Consumer Editor and Editor of FT Money, said: “The writer grabbed me from the start, with the assertion that financial resilience was being taught by lived experience of the pandemic, rather than through school textbooks. Honing in on how young people’s finances have proved the most precarious, this was a devastating critique of the poor state of financial education in Britain today.”

Read Eliza’s article on young people and financial resilience here .