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Queen's and Ulster Universities

Queen's and Ulster Universities

“The Stock Market Challenge project has been a brilliant success for all our students. One of our main objectives is to foster links with professional bodies and industry and this is a great way of bringing these elements together.” Dr. Lisa Bradley, Head of Department of International Business, University of Ulster

The Global Investor simulations offer a unique means of engaging with undergraduates interested in a career in the financial services sector. 

Students gain a real insight into business and financial services in an informal environment that allows them to demonstrate their qualities and skills.

Students from the following universities and courses have attended the events which have been running in Northern Ireland since 2009-10:

Queen’s University:Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Economics, Economics, Finance, Maths & Finance, and Computer Science.

University of Ulster Business School: Banking & Finance, Business with Computing, Accounting, Finance & Investment Analyst, Financial Engineering, and Computing with Business

The Finance Lab simulation provides a sophisticated and challenging experience for undergraduates.  Feedback from academics at the Department for International Business at Magee, and at Queen’s University’s Management School, indicate that the simulation-based activity is closer to the work they do in their finance-related courses.

The opportunity helps further links with Northern Ireland's IT sector, in particular the capital markets support software sector.  The project sponsors provide a career development opportunity for the winners of the university events e.g. a short work placement or study tour of the company.

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Simon Brown, Business School Director
Southampton Solent University

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“Dealing Room gave me a great insight into how markets operate and allowed me to put some of the theory from my coursework into practice.”

Dean Varley, Economics & Finance BSc, Northern Ireland

"Global Investor is a great resource.  It is suitable for different year groups and different stages."

Shanead Friel, Head of Business Education, St. Columba's High School, Clydebank

"In the Dealing Room simulation our students used their reasoning, logic and mathematical skills to buy and sell shares. They made links between the demand, the supply and the price of a share.  This activity enabled students to use their mathematical skills in a real life situation. It was excellent.”

Maria Gretchen Garcia, Maths Teacher, Morpeth School

"We have found Global Investor to be an excellent resource. Our Year 10 Enterprise Day link-up with the GCSE English ‘Speaking and Listening’ assessment makes for a enthralling and rigorous day for the boys."

Peter Sunley, Head of Economics and Business Studies, Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall

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