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Economist Full-time MBA ranking 2014

Last week’s results place Henley Business School at 34th in the world8th in Europe and 2nd in the UK. This demonstrates a consistent and strong improvement over the last three years and sees Henley ranked as one of only three British Business Schools in the world’s top 40.

The Economist ranks the world’s top 100 schools based on two surveys:

  1. The composition and quality of students, faculty and programme
  2. Alumni and current participants’ evaluation of their experience at Henley including;
  • Career development
  • Salary increase
  • Quality and diversity of Faculty members
  • Ability and dynamism of the participants
  • Strength of the international alumni network

These rankings reflect Henley’s focus on delivering world-class programmes to international audiences and confirms its reputation as one of the world’s leading players in global business education – something we have been providing for the last 70 years.

For more information please visit the Henley Business School website

Dr Andreas Hoepner featured in recent FT wealth report

A recent Financial Times special wealth report titled ‘Newly floated companies can prove lucrative’ featured the ICMA Centre’s Associate Professor of Finance, Dr Andreas Hoepner.

The article dated 19 September 2014 noted the rise of companies being floated on the stock market in recent years. Author, Jeremy Hazlehurst, analysed the merits of investing in initial public offerings (IPOs) surmising they can provide good investment opportunities as they are often companies requiring finance in order to grow.

Dr Andreas Hoepner noted that while investing in the right IPO can be lucrative, there are reasons to be wary, ”Your information disadvantage is much bigger compared with an institutional investor in an IPO situation than it is with an already listed company.” He added that investing in an IPO is akin to a private equity-style investment.

You can read the full FT article here and find out more about the responsible approach to Investments and Finance taught at the ICMA Centre, by learning more about the various Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees offered.

ICMA Centre Russia Scholarship 2014

The ICMA Centre is pleased to announce the ICMA Centre Russia Scholarship 2014.

Part of the triple accredited Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre was formed as the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department.  Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education, the ICMA Centre’s aim  is to deliver the highest standard in financial markets focused teaching, learning and research.

The ICMA Centre Russia Scholarship offers £5,000 towards tuition fees to two outstanding Russian students on the basis of academic excellence.

What are the benefits?
Successful students will receive a tuition fee waiver of £5,000 and will experience world-class student facilities including our three dealing rooms supported by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg and equipped with the latest trading technology and software.
The award itself is an excellent addition to your CV and a scholarship winner will have the opportunity to act as an ambassador for ICMA Centre which can include supporting events and sharing experiences with prospective students.

How to apply
In order to be considered applicants must:
• Be of Russian nationality, domicile in Russia and have graduated from a Russia institution.
• Have achieved or expect to achieve excellent results at undergraduate level.
• Hold an offer for an ICMA Centre MSc programme.

To take up the award applicants must have fulfilled all academic and English language conditions and must enrol by 1st October 2014.

All applicants for our full-time Masters programmes who meet the criteria will be considered for this scholarship. A separate application for this scholarship is NOT required.

How the awarding decision will be made
These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and at the discretion of a panel of staff from the ICMA Centre. Applicants are considered upon academic excellence.

- All offer holders that meet the entry criteria are ranked based on their academic history.

Deadline for application Friday 19th December 2014.

For more info please contact or download document here.



From everyone at the ICMA Centre we would like to welcome you to the University of Reading!

If you have a firm or insurance offer for an undergraduate programme at the University of Reading and you’re waiting for your results, or if you’ve recently received them, then we have put together this page to guide you through the next steps in confirming your place at the University, as well as providing answers to the most popular questions asked by applicants at this time of the year.

When you’ve received your results (and we have also received them) you can check the status of your application through the UCAS Track service using your Personal UCAS ID number and password. Alternatively, you can check the status of your application through the RISISweb Portal using your Reading ID number and password.

If you’re unsure whether you need to send your results to us, then check the UCAS website to see which results we receive automatically. If your qualification(s) aren’t on the list, you will need to scan and email them to us at

If your place is showing as unconditional on UCAS Track or the RISISweb Portal then your place at the University of Reading is confirmed. Congratulations! We will be contacting you via email in the next few weeks to provide more information about what will happen next as you join the University of Reading. In the meantime, why not explore our Welcome website?

If your offer is still conditional, then please do not worry. We have put together some frequently asked questions, which we hope will help answer any queries you may have. However please do feel free to contact us should you require anything further.

You can call our confirmation hotline on +44 (0)118 378 8372 or email us at

We are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours of 8.00am to 6.00pm on A-level results day, Thursday 14th August.

ICMA Centre Professor elected an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters

Professor Michael Clements has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), in recognition of major contributions to the field of forecasting. The IIF is a non-profit organisation ‘dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting’ (see for a full description of the Institute’s objectives).

Michael joins two Nobel Prize winners and a Knight!

Michael is Professor of Econometrics at the ICMA Centre and his interests are in the areas of time-series econometrics and forecasting, and he has been published widely in academic journals on  forecast evaluation, mixed-frequency data modelling, non-linear modelling and business cycle analysis, real-time modelling and forecasting, factor model forecasting, and the analysis of survey expectations.

New 12 month MSc degree option

In order to introduce more choice for our students, we are pleased to inform you that from September 2014, we will offer a new option on all our MSc programmes. You will be able to choose from the following:

  • The existing 9 month MSc programme running from September 2014 to June 2015 – with graduation for successful candidates in July 2015.
  • A new option of a 12 month MSc programme running from September 2014 to September 2015 with graduation for successful candidates in December 2015.

The new 12 month option will involve a compulsory 20 credit Research Project completed between June and September 2015, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term. Completing a 12 month degree can be important for students who wish to be able to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research prior to application to a PhD programme or to show prospective employers as evidence of the quality of work they can produce.

If you require a VISA to study in the UK, please make sure you indicate which version of our programmes you would like to follow when applying for your CAS.

Please contact our admissions team at the ICMA Centre for more information. To contact us e-mail:

Outstanding academic achievement awards 2014

Following the Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 10th July 2014, ICMA Centre students were rewarded for their effort and performance and congratulated by their peers and staff at the Graduation reception.

The winner of the longstanding ICMA Centre MSc Academic Achievement Award 2014, was Tatiana Rua Darte who received a cash prize for excellent academic performance in an ICMA Centre MSc programme. Whilst undergraduates, Amy Ho and Mirco Balatti Mozzanica shared this year’s BSc Academic Achievement Award 2014.

George Cotton, was also awarded £150 worth of Amazon vouchers for winning the prize for Outstanding Contribution to the number 1 ranked BSc Finance and Investment Banking programme for the duration of the undergraduate programme. The prizes were presented by the Head of School, Professor Adrian Bell.

Finally this year’s recipient of the annual Vetiva prize for an outstanding postgraduate student from an African Country was Michael Muchira Mbui who was awarded a £1,000 prize, awarded by ICMA Centre Academic Ogonna Nneji. The Vetiva prize was established by one of the ICMA Centre’s alumni, Dr Olaolu Mudasiru, who graduated from the ICMA Centre in July 1998 and is now Deputy Managing Director of Vetiva Capital Management Limited in Nigeria.

ICMA Centre student Jaime Hernani Fernandez was also awarded the ACT prize for the best performance on the MSc Corporate Finance programme.

Our Partners also awarded a number of prizes to our top performing students.

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Education Trust awarded a prize of £2,500 to the ICMA Centre’s highest achieving MSc student, Han Gao, in the Part One Examinations held January 2014.

The City Livery Company , The Worshipful Company of International Bankers awarded a Prize of £300 to the top performing full time MSc student completing a Research Project module, Khalid AlBadi.

The Danos Associates prize for Excellence in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance of £2000 was awarded to the highest achieving student on the ICMA Centre MSc Capital Markets, Regulation & Compliance programme, Supapon Krisanaruxpani.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the academic prizes and to everyone who graduated this year!

A full gallery of pictures taken at the ceremony can be found on our Facebook page.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Congratulations to all of our graduates who graduated yesterday and who  now join our 4,000 strong global alumni network with over 115 countries represented.

The ceremony was held in the Great Hall at London Road campus and the sun kept shining throughout the day. Graduates and their families were invited back to the ICMA Centre for a champagne reception with a light buffet and strawberries and cream, and were joined by staff and academics. During the ICMA Centre reception a number of academic prizes were awarded to outstanding students by Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate their success with us! Make sure you update your details before you leave and join our Alumni Community at this link to take advantage of many of the benefits and services we offer, including our continuous careers service. 

Be sure to stay in touch via our active FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter communities and share your pictures of the graduation on Instagram using  #icmacgrad.

A full gallery of pictures taken at the ceremony is available on the ICMA Centre Facebook page at this link.



ICMA Centre Academics’ research featured in CFA Digest

Dr Ioannis Oikonomou and Professor Chris Brooks’ work on the connection between corporate social performance and fixed income securities was recently recognised for its academic rigor and practical significance as its summary was included in the latest issue of CFA Digest, a periodical publication of the CFA Institute (available at this link

In the words of the CFA institute: “The goal of the CFA Digest is to provide its readers with a convenient way to stay abreast of relevant, practitioner-oriented research and cutting edge thought in the field of finance and investments through the publication of high-quality summaries”.

The paper, entitled “The Effects of Corporate Social Performance on the Cost of Corporate Debt and Credit Ratings” provides findings supportive of a negative association between corporate social responsibility and credit spreads and a positive link between corporate social performance and credit quality − as measured by agency ratings. These conclusions are particularly useful for the multi-billion socially responsible investing (SRI) industry which has been expanding its investment universe from equity to bonds and alternative asset classes.

“We are very happy to see our work being recognised as highly relevant by investment practitioners and having the potential to guide decisions which influence a multitude of different stakeholders”, commented Dr Oikonomou and Professor Brooks.

Third edition of the ICMA Centre Stock Market Competition a success

Following last year’s success, the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School hosted the third annual Stock Market Competition in its world class trading rooms. Comprehensives, academies and independent schools all battled it out to win the competition and experience life on a trading floor.

The competition was hugely popular this year with twice the number of entrants. 53 teams formed from 12 local schools competed to win the top prize of two iPad minis and a trophy for the winning school. The prizes were sponsored by Mark Insley, an ICMA Centre alumnus who now runs his own financial services firm, Ascot Wealth Management.,.

The winning team from Palmer’s Sixth Form College, comprised of Fiona Ragan & Sam Flatt, followed by students from Woking College (Danny Knight and John Skelton) and Ranelagh Bracknell School (Gregory Makarchuk and Henry Mayger) in second and third place respectively.

Trophies and certificates were presented to the winning teams at the end of the competition by Professor Adrian Bell Chair in the History of Finance, Associate Dean (International) and Head of ICMA Centre.

The competition, open to Year 12 students considering a career in finance or international trading is aimed at giving them the chance to apply their current knowledge of subjects such as maths, business and economics to the rapidly paced world of international trading.

It also exposes participants to the importance of business ethics and responsible business practice that is core to the teaching philosophy at Henley Business School. To help students avoid the temptation of taking the excessive gambles that have plagued the professional trading world, strict dealing limits were imposed with penalties in place for reckless trading.

The competition consisted of a series of simulated trading sessions based on specific scenarios that were generated by the competition organisers. It was run entirely on the ICTrader trading platform which was co-created by FitchLearning and the ICMA Centre. Students traded a variety of U.S. firms’ stocks in real time with the price of the stocks evolving rapidly in connection to the macroeconomic, industry related and firm specific news items that the competitors saw on their screens.

Participating students and accompanying teachers were provided with an explanatory handbook in order to prepare in advance for the competition. Teachers and students were also given an engaging presentation on the day about the state of the art facilities at the ICMA Centre and the no.1 ranked undergraduate degrees in Finance, including the BSc in Finance and Investment Banking and BSc in Finance and Psychology.

The competition proved to be a highly educational and exciting day for all, and the standard of those participating in the competition has increased year on year.
A full gallery of pictures taken on the day can be found on our Facebook page.

The Schools who took part this year were:

The Abbey School, Reading

Bearwood College, Wokingham

Reading School, Reading

The Bulmershe School, Woodley

Palmer College, Essex

Ranelagh Bracknell Forest,

Highdown School and Sixth form, Emmer Green

The Forest School, Wokingham

Cox Green School, Maidenhead

The Willink School, Burghfield

Woking College, Surrey

Rickmanworth School, Hertfordshire