Established in 1991 with funding from the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the Centre is housed in a purpose built modernist building with excellent facilities for our students. Our dealing rooms are an integral part of ICMA Centre, and the Centre was the first business school in Europe to have a dealing room facility of its kind and is still the only university with a facility on such a scale.
Our three dealing rooms, all sponsored by Thomson Reuters, have always been an integral part of our teaching and learning style – our technology and facilities allow students to put theory into practice. As part of their coursework they experience the thrill and pressures of a live market – take positions, quote two-way prices and manage the risk of a $50-100 million trading book. Students also manage multi-asset portfolio’s using live prices and the latest investment management technology. Having these essential practical skills in today’s competitive and uncertain environment gives our students the edge over more traditional finance degrees.
We have over 101 terminals in three dealing rooms equipped with Thomson Reuters Eikon and Bloomberg. The ICMA Centre has the most extensive non-investment bank dealing room facilities in the world. So much so, that regular trading days are held in our dealing rooms for graduate trainees and other personnel of all the major investment banks.
Our Flagship Dealing Room
The brand new 40 station flagship dealing room is equipped with all the latest trading technology giving it the feel of a real trading floor. It has a state-of the-art 37 feet 8 colour Daktronics ticker displaying up to date market prices, four plasma screens with the latest news and quotes, and a custom teaching desk with Crestron 10” touch control screen.
Combining theory and practice
These rooms are not merely training centres for traders of the future; but they also enable academic staff to combine theory and practice across a whole range of activities, whether in derivatives trading, portfolio management, risk management, financial engineering or corporate finance.
Our other facilities include two conference standard lecture theatres fitted with the latest AV equipment, seminar rooms, dedicated research area, café bars and Bloomberg TV.