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Henley Business School among the best in the Complete University Guide Rankings 2015

This year’s ranking sees another successful set of results for Henley Business School, with good improvements and a top 20 position across Henley Business School range of programmes for accounting, finance, business and management, real estate and planning.

Real Estate & Planning ranks number 2 among all UK universities for the third year running in the subject of Land & Property Management. It also retains the number 1 position for graduate prospects. Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design is positioned at number 7 in the UK.

We are delighted to see Accounting & Finance closing in on the top 10 this year, with Student satisfaction ranking 3rd highest in the country.

Graduate prospects (a guide to employability) continue to be excellent for Accounting & Finance, and Business & Management Studies, ranked 11th and 13th respectively.

As part of the University of Reading, we are pleased to see their position consolidated at 37th out of 123 UK universities, with strong scores for student satisfaction, graduate prospects and honours results.

The Complete University Guide (published 12th May 2014) is a widely respected independent guide to universities in the UK. It ranks subjects according to four criteria, including student satisfaction and graduate prospects.

Joe Doak, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, points out that, “The positive movement in our rankings position is the result of a lot of hard work by staff and students alike. We are constantly striving to improve the quality of the undergraduate offer and seeking new ways to make the student experience a memorable and productive one. The rankings tables are one indicator that we are getting it right!” 

Henley rises in the FT 2014 ranking of the world’s best business schools

Last week’s FT Executive Education rankings, that combine the views of open and custom programme clients show Henley rising to 35th in the world, 19th in Europe and 5th in the UK. This testifies to the impact of Henley’s Executive Education activities in its engagement with the world’s leading companies.

Top 10 position in the world for International Custom Clients

Henley continues to be a truly international school and is placed 9th worldwide in terms of the percentage of its clients headquartered outside of the school’s home country and region.

Henley has recently won significant new custom business from public and private sector clients in the UK, Europe and Middle East. This growth, together with its new approach to custom programme design, will allow Henley to continue to build on its successes next year.

The largest rise of any European Business School in the Open Programmes ranking

Henley climbed nine positions world-wide to our highest position in over 10 years, placing us 31st globally and 4th in the UK for Open Programmes. Clients awarded highest ratings in the key categories of:

  • Aims achieved
  • New skills & learning
  • Teaching methods
  • Faculty
  • Course design

Henley has always prided itself in the quality of its participant experience and this is reinforced by Henley’s climb of 29 places in the Repeat Business and Growth ranking.

Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education, commented, “These results reflect the importance of getting the customer experience right and ensuring that our programmes have a sustainable positive impact on the individuals and organisations we serve. These are the ultimate measures of success for executive education.”

New Edition of Econometrics Bestseller

The third edition of Professor Chris Brooks’ textbook Introductory Econometrics for Finance was published last week by Cambridge University Press. The book has sold over 50,000 copies across more than 30 countries since it was first printed.

It was the first text on quantitative techniques that was specifically aimed at finance students, incorporating numerous examples and self-study materials. While it has shaped the way econometrics has been taught to a generation of finance students at many universities, it is based on the highly successful Quantitative Methods for Finance and Financial Econometrics modules that Chris developed and taught on the MSc programmes at the ICMA Centre.

The latest edition is thoroughly revised and contains new chapters including material on how to conduct event studies and test asset pricing models.

Chris said, “I have been really delighted with the reception that the book has been given and it’s great to receive e-mails from people all around the world who are using it. The financial crisis demonstrated, amongst many other things, the problems that can arise when quantitative techniques are employed inappropriately. At the ICMA Centre, we try to ensure that all students receive a rigorous training in econometrics and I am trying to do my part to rid the world of bad models!”

Further details about the book are available here. You can read more about Professor Chris Brooks research and work at the ICMA Centre at this link.

Professor Adrian Bell at the CFA Middle East Investment Conference

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre, at the Middle East Investment Conference, “Realising our Potential: Investing for Sustainable Growth” organised by the CFA Institute  in Jordan. The conference is the fifth Annual CFA Institute and aims to bring together industry leaders.

Prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance 2014

The ICMA Centre, in partnership with Danos Associates, is pleased to announce the Prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance 2014.

The award will consist of an attractive cash award for the highest achieving student on the ICMA Centre MSc Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance programme and will presented at the end of academic year.

This prize rewards the performance of the best student undertaking the MSc course in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance.

The Danos Associates prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance 2013 , was shared between two students, Anna Kildeeva and David Nader who each received £1,000 and a certificate handed by Victoria Scott-Villars and Richard Thomas, business partners at Danos Associates.

Danos Associates is Europe’s leading specialist compliance search firm and ICMA Centre partner. Established in the competitive UK market, the firm now handles assignments worldwide from its offices in London, Hong Kong and its new office in New York.

The ability to identify and attract top talent in the market to fill executive level positions is an essential component in building a dynamic institution, and the ICMA Centre is delighted to partner with a well-recognised and respected recruitment firm to assist in this regard.

New Scholarships announced for 2014-15

The ICMA Centre is pleased to announce six new additional scholarships for a total of £30,000  for outstanding students applying for a postgraduate masters. The new scholarships are available for 2014 entry at the ICMA Centre.

Award details: 
The International scholarships will provide £5,000 off the cost of the tuition fees for each recipient.

Eligibility: Please check the following link for more information about eligibility.

Be an ambassador for ICMA Centre: 
A scholarship winner will be required to act as an ambassador for the ICMA Centre and Henley Business School. This may include being asked to support events and to share experiences with prospective students. As well as a financial reward, this role and the award itself are excellent additions to your CV.

Closing date:  The first round for consideration is 14th April 2014.

For more information please email admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk or visit this page.

Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Summer Program Scholarship

Do you want an opportunity to visit and study in China for two weeks this Summer?

We are very pleased to announce that Tsinghua University, PBCSF have awarded the ICMA Centre 3 scholarships for students to join their Summer Programme from June 30 to July 11, 2014 in Beijing.  The Scholarship covers the full programme fee, room and board (on campus), courses, materials, events and related domestic transportation. Recipients will have to cover airfare and other expenses.

The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity, open to all current ICMA Centre students or students studying at the ICMA Centre as part of their degree programme. For more information please visit the Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Summer Program website.

In order to be considered for this scholarship please send a video titled ‘Why me?’, of no more than 5 minutes in length, detailing why you should be chosen for this opportunity, by 9am Friday 28th March. Three winners will be chosen by academic staff from those submitted.

The video can be in all files and formats. Videos must be submitted by either emailing a Dropbox link to marketing@icmacentre.ac.uk or by bringing a USB stick to the ICMA Centre Front office. Please title the subject of the email “Tsinghua University Summer Program”, and include your name, student number and course in the email.

If you have any questions please email marketing@icmacentre.ac.uk

Good luck!

Dr. Andreas Hoepner speaks at WWF Conference at Bloomberg, Zurich

Dr. Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre, was invited to speak at Bloomberg in Zurich during a conference hosted by WWF. An expert on climate finance, Dr Hoepner discussed his research on the reliability of corporate carbon reporting and the investment opportunities arising from accurate assessments of carbon reporting.

Dr Hoepner stated “In the run up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, expected to take place in December 2015 in Paris – probably the most important climate change conference since Copenhagen – identifying and communicating such opportunities appears to be essential.”

Dr Hoepner’s research is co-authored with Andrea Liesen of Umea School of Business and Economics, Den Patten of Illinois State University and Frank Figge of Euromed Marseille

A Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market

The ICMA have just published  a guide to best practice in the European Repo Market. This important document was written by Richard Comotto, Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre for the ICMA’s European Repo Council. It represents the most comprehensive set of recommendations for trading and settlement, and codification of market conventions, in any repo market and is likely to provide a model to other markets. It will also be an essential aide to researchers, commentators and policy-makers.

The Guide is now live on the ICMA website at this link.

Richard is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, and delivers the MSc module on short-term financial markets (FX, money markets and securities financing). You can read his full profile at this link.

ICMA Centre Academic joins Principles for Responsible Investment delegation in Japan

In the wake of the recent launch of the Japanese stewardship code, Dr Andreas Hoepner is joining the delegation of the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment on their tour to Japan this week in his role as Senior Academic Fellow. The delegation is expected to meet with representatives of the Japanese government, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, large pension funds and trade unions. Before leaving for Japan Sunday morning, Andreas said that he is very excited about the Japanese progress in establishing the notion of Stewardship in financial markets.

Before joining the ICMA Centre, Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner worked as a Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews (since February 2009) and as Deputy Director of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St. Andrews (since November 2011). His research has won several awards including a 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding, a 2010 PRI Academic Research Award, and 2011 and 2012 PRI/FIR Research Grant Awards.

Andreas full CV can be seen at this link.