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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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Mark Quayle, Head of Business
The Manchester College

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"The Investment Challenge just gets better and better each year. The atmosphere in the 'trading room' was electric and the students really got into the spirit of the event.  The School of Management is proud to support this project."

David Pritchard, Dean, Cardiff School of Management

“Trading Floor doesn't just teach young people about the world of finance – it’s much, much wider than that.  It encourages teamwork, communication and decision-making ability – skills which will be vitally important to them when they enter the world of work."

James Fox, Deputy Head, Writhlington School

We used Trading Floor for an enterprise day which involved all years on a carousel basis. The students absolutely loved it - the competition between groups was immense!  The high quality resources gives the game a professional look and makes the students think it is far more realistic.  It gives students a valuable application of Maths in the real world.

Simon Hetherington, Head of Mathematics, Al Yasmina School

“The Global Investor simulations give an exciting edge to Maths, developing a greater interest among pupils in its potential.”

Tristan Kelso, Maths Teacher, Royal School Armagh

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