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Articles from: July 2006

ICMA Centre Celebrates Graduation and More!

The ICMA Centre celebrated the success of its students in style again this year. 140 students graduated at the ceremony held in the Great Hall at the University of Reading’s London Road Campus. One outstanding student not only graduated with a distinction, but was awarded a special prize at the champagne reception held at the Centre prior to the graduation ceremony.

MSc. student Ben Koulibali, was presented with the inaugural ?Vetiva Prize Award? by Dr Olaolu Mudasiru, the Deputy Managing Director of Vetiva Capital Management, an investment banking boutique in Nigeria. The Prize, which is to be awarded by Vetiva annually, is bestowed on the highest achieving African MSc student at the ICMA Centre and includes not only an award of £500, but also the possibility of work opportunities at Vetiva and other investment banking firms in Africa.

Dr Mudasiru, who is himself a graduate of the ICMA Centre’s MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking, approached Dr Bell, Director of Teaching and Learning early in the year with the request to confer a special prize. ?Vetiva’s vision is of a future where the very best of African minds will provide the solutions to Africa’s economic problems. We hope that Vetiva’s undertaking to recognise and modestly award excellence will be a contributing factor to achieving this goal,? enthused Dr Mudasiru.

On presenting the award Dr Mudasiru said he was honoured to make the inaugural presentation of this prize and praised the ICMA Centre as ?one of the finest learning institutions designed to equip students with the real skills needed for a career in investment banking?.

Ben who graduated with a distinction is now considering further research study with the ICMA Centre. In receiving the prize he thanked the ICMA Centre for ?giving me the opportunity to learn more about Investment Banking. I would also like to thank Vetiva for pushing me to excel in my studies?.

ICMA Centre Staff awarded Research Grant

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded a Research Grant worth just under £500,000 to Dr Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453.

The project has an innovative methodological approach and will produce an on-line searchable resource for public use of immense value and interest to genealogists as well as social, political and military historians. The project which begins in October this year will employ two Research Assistants and will also offer one Doctoral Research Studentship. The whole team will also work on a monograph, conference papers, and articles. Dr Bell, Director of Teaching and Learning at the ICMA Centre is delighted with the award saying ?This is great news for both the ICMA Cente and the University of Reading , confirming our place as a premier university for research.?
Dr Bell’s previous research includes the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project on Medieval Wool Contracts, which established that a sophisticated forwards market existed in thirteenth century England.
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