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Congratulations to PhD students Lisa and Hanyu!

Congratulations to ICMA Centre PhD students Ms Lisa Schopohl and Mr Hanyu Zhang for receiving a Scholarship for the Advanced Risk & portfolio Management Bootcamp, August 11-16 at New York University awarded by the GARP Partnership for Risk Education, in collaboration with SYMMYS.

The two ICMA Centre students were chosen from a very competitive field covering six continents. During their exciting week in New York, Lisa and Hanyu will have the chance to interact with over 300 portfolio managers, risk managers, sell-side professionals, academics, like-minded students and many high level guest speakers. 

The bootcamp is designed to provide attendees with an in depth understanding of buy-side modeling from the foundations to the most advanced statistical and optimisation techniques.

Lisa is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of inter-market analysis and asset allocation under the supervision of Dr Andreas Hoepner and Professor Adrian Bell, while Hanyu is currently pursuing his PhD in the area of intraday volatility under the supervision of Dr Alfonso Dufour.

The ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management  is a GARP Academic Partner.

Annual PhD Student Presentations at the ICMA Centre

Doctoral researchers and academics at the ICMA Centre were especially busy this week with the annual PhD presentations taking place on Thursday and Friday. Each year, every doctoral researcher in the ICMA Centre provides an outline of the progress they have made in 20 minute conference-style presentations moderated and assessed by academic faculty and followed up by lively discussions and suggestions for improvements made by peers.

This year, a record number of 35 presentations were delivered by doctoral researchers, many of which run in parallel sessions. The ICMA Centre boasts a very sizeable PhD programme with doctoral candidates specialising in very diverse areas of Finance. This was never more evident than this week with presentations ranging from traditionally important areas such as Empirical Asset Pricing, Mergers and Acquisitions and Portfolio Optimisation to more specialised topics including Shipping Finance, Socially Responsible Investing, Islamic Finance, Microfinance and Behavioural Finance.

Presentations concluded with students, supervisors and assessors enjoying some pizza while Head of School Professor Adrian Bell reflected on the experience by saying: “This was the equivalent of attending a finance conference without having to do the travel and I know a lot more about emerging themes in financial research than I did yesterday”.

Ranked first in Accounting and Finance degrees in the Guardian University league tables

Yesterday the Guardian newspaper released its full league tables by subject for 2015, with the University of Reading ranking in the top ten across all programmes offered at the Henley Business School.

The ICMA Centre underlined its excellent reputation for finance programmes as the University of Reading ranked first in ‘Accounting and Finance’ with a Guardian score of 100/100. The Guardian ranked the University of Reading as No. 1 thanks to a high score in all student measures, including the quality of teaching and overall programme, reflecting the attention the ICMA Centre and Henley Business School place on continually improving their degree programmes.

Dr Ioannis Oikonomou, Director of the BSc in Finance and Investment Banking at the ICMA Centre commented:

This is fantastic news and a clear reflection of the importance that the ICMA Centre, and Henley Business School as a whole, place on effective, practical, high-level teaching. The very high student satisfaction numbers across the board combined with great student to staff and expenditure per student ratios have placed our undergraduate degrees at the very top of the list and we could not be more proud of this. We will strive to ensure that our BSc in Finance and Investment Banking along with our other newly established undergraduate degrees in Finance remain among the UK’s elite.

The newly launched undergraduate degrees in Finance, include the BSc Finance and Psychology and BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice, which offer uniquely designed courses integrating finance theory with real investment banking practice.

You can find out more about the ICMA Centre, the home of finance programmes at the University of Reading, by reading about our undergraduate, postgraduate and research offerings and information about our state of the art facilities, including our three Thomson Reuters equipped dealing rooms here.

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!