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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

ICMA Centre Visiting Fellow Keith Arundale was recently published in the ICAEW’s Finance and Management Faculty’s report on “Growing your business”.

Keith’s article titled “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” details how venture capital can provide one of the most tried and tested means of securing funding for business development. Keith notes “Despite some rumours to the contrary, venture capital is alive and well in today’s financing climate.”

The “Growing your business” report is available from www.icaew.com

Keith Arundale is a visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre and specialises in private equity and venture capital. He lectures on the MSc degree in Corporate Finance with responsibility for the elective module on Venture Capital.

He has also recently been appointed as ICAEW’s representative on the Qualification Panel for the Diploma in Corporate Finance of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

You can find out more information on the MSc degree in Corporate Finance at the ICMA Centre by following this link.

FCA collaborates with Henley Business School and the CISI on new MSc in Financial Regulation

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be working in partnership with Henley Business School and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)  to deliver a Masters of Science (MSc) in Financial Regulation.

Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the FCA announced the programme in a speech at Mansion House on 16/10/2014.

Whilst there are many modules on governance and regulation in Masters programmes in Finance, this is the first MSc of its kind in the UK or internationally focusing entirely on financial regulation.  Initially it will be offered exclusively to FCA staff and other regulatory organisations, with plans once established to offer it more widely. 

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a leading international business school and is one of the world’s few business schools to hold triple-accredited status from the major UK, European and US awarding bodies.

As part of the University of Reading, Henley operates within an academic institution that is placed within the top 1% of all global universities. Most recently, Henley’s undergraduate programmes in Accounting and Finance were ranked first in the UK in the Guardian’s University league tables.

CISI

Complementing this prestigious programme, course participants will have access to supporting CISI  materials and an extensive network of experienced practitioners and speakers which will provide a practitioner perspective. Upon successful completion of the Masters, full membership and the MCSI designation is available.

Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, the CISI is one of the largest and most widely respected professional bodies for those who work in the industry. 

Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the FCA, said: “This programme will help to set a global regulatory standard and foster a stronger set of regulators in financial services. The work we are doing with Henley and CISI will ensure that future leaders have the interests of consumers and the markets they operate in at the forefront of their minds.”

Professor John Board, Dean of the Henley Business School, commented “I am delighted to be working so closely with the FCA and drawing on the breadth of our skills, not just in financial markets but also in organisational psychology and consumer behaviour. The goal of the programme is to develop FCA staff to better supervise the financial sector, whether investment banking, financial markets, pay day loans, retail banking or PPI.”

Ruth Martin, CISI Managing Director said: The CISI is delighted  to be working with both Henley Business School and the  FCA,  so the investment is not only in  such a prestigious postgraduate award, but  also in the ongoing  professionalism requirements  of  CISI membership. This combination will enable  regulators to  be at the leading edge both during, and after, their studies.”

 

Henley among the world’s best in the Financial Times Executive MBA ranking 2014

The Henley Executive MBA has been ranked as 53rd in the world, 20th in Europe and 7th in the UK.

This world-class positioning testifies to Henley’s on-going commitment to deliver on the School’s ambition: We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders.

Henley’s Executive MBA has risen on many key measures in the Financial Times MBA ranking, including career progress, learning experience, research quality, faculty and diversity. This rankings performance is positive recognition of the impact of our work.

Career progress – world top 10 for aims achieved (No. 1 in the UK), top 20 for salary increase (No. 3 in the UK)

Reflecting Henley’s focus on personal development and professional impact, the ‘aims achieved’ measure has improved in each ranking since 2008, rising 40 places in that time and resulting this year in the Executive MBA achieving top place in the UK.

Its graduates continue to pave their way to success, showing an improvement of 5 places for ‘career progress’ and a world top 20 position when comparing pre and post MBA salaries. In the UK the Executive MBA was awarded third position in this measure.

Internationalism – students, faculty and board achieve improved positions

Henley Business School rose up the rankings in all 3 measures related to the breadth and depth of its international credentials. A truly international business school, Henley now has campuses and offices in 16 countries and an alumni network that spreads across 157 countries.

Research quality – advances made in all 3 research/idea generation criteria

The FT measures the number of PhD and DBA graduates, the percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees, and the number of research papers published. Henley demonstrated significant progress in these areas, including a big jump to 33rd spot in the world for its number of doctoral graduates.

Diversity – number 5 in the world for women faculty, number 11 for female students

Henley continues achieving balance at the highest level, not just in terms of the percentage of female students and faculty, but also in representation on its governing board.

Top 10 in the UK

Given the progress made on the world stage, it’s not surprising that the UK results are equally positive

  • number 1 for graduate aims achieved
  • number 1 for % of women faculty
  • number 2 for % of women students
  • number 3 for salary increase
  • number 4 for the number of PhD and DBA graduates

Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School, comments: ”These results make highly encouraging reading and mirror a similar story told by the Economist rankings published just last week. They reflect the enormous hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff and confirm our reputation as one of the world’s leading players in global business education – something we have been providing for the last 70 years. We will not rest on our laurels and continue to build upon our successes, enhancing our MBA portfolio in breadth, depth and quality.”

ICMA Centre Academic gives opening keynote at leading Swedish Responsible Investment Conference

Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre, Dr. Andreas Hoepner gave the opening keynote at the largest responsible Investment conference in Sweden, organised by the newspaper Veckans affärer, said to be the ‘Swedish equivalent of the Economist’.

The conference was oversubscribed with well over a hundred industry professionals in attendance. Dr Andreas Hoepner discussed the contextuality of responsible investment opportunities. After his keynote speech, Dr. Hoepner conducted a video interview with the newspaper discussing the newest technology opportunities in responsible investment.

According to Dr. Hoepner “the conference was very well organised and a true success. It showed a clear ambition to rebuild Sweden’s leading position in the strongly growing field of Responsible Investment.”

Dr Andreas Hoepner is the Director of Enterprise at the ICMA Centre and Associate Professor of finance, teaching on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes all of which advocate the importance of responsible trading.

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 admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk or download document here.

 

RESULTS 2014


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 ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk

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 ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk.

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 http://forecasters.org/about/ 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: admissions@icmacentre.ac.uk.