CISI Educational Trust Awards

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Recently one of our MSc Finance students had the opportunity to represent Imperial College Business School at the CISI Educational Trust Awards, which celebrate postgraduate students with high academic achievements

Cheuk Kwan Chen, who joined our MSc Finance programme in September 2013 having previously achieved a First Class degree in Economics from the University of Lancaster, was nominated to represent the Business School due to his outstanding results in the autumn term examinations. For Cheuk, being selected as the Business School’s nominee gave him “a sense of recognition and belonging within the College community”.

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those in the securities and investments industry in the UK and the Business School is designated a Centre of Excellence by CISI. The CISI Educational Trust has structured their Educational Trust Awards to support the ambitions of each winner as they progress into a career within the finance industry.

This award offers £2,500 in recognition of a student’s achievements in the study of finance; each winner is also given the opportunity to participate in an interview panel with the Educational Trust to win up to an additional £2,500.

Each year there are set topics to be discussed at the interview, participants are also required to complete a general knowledge questionnaire to demonstrate their knowledge of the UK Finance sector.

The interview topics for discussion in 2014 were:

‘If the structure proposed in Sir Richard Lambert`s paper had been in place 10 years ago, would it have helped avert the banking crisis?’

‘The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget to Parliament on 19 March 2014. What did you feel were the most interesting points?’

Due to the high calibre of students involved in the competition, additional funds were awarded to some of the participants this year; Cheuk was awarded an additional £500 on the basis of his interview which will help him “fund opportunities that would not have been otherwise achieved”.

For Cheuk, “receiving this award, especially from a globally prestigious professional body, is very meaningful and I was proud to be nominated to represent Imperial College.”

When he completes the MSc Finance programme this autumn, Cheuk aspires to a career in risk management in investment banking, and hopes to use his “knowledge and experience to assist regulatory bodies in designing, implementing and monitoring financial policies in order to enhance the stability of the banking system.”

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