The School of Economics and Finance is pleased to announce that Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, will be a Visiting Professor with us from this academic year onwards. He will be teaching within the School as well as giving a major lecture.
George Kapetanios, Head of School, said: "We are delighted to have Sir Nicholas with us in the School. His expert knowledge will provide a unique insight into Britain's economic governance."
The first ever Queen Mary Masters Trading Tournament was won by Rohan Arora, who managed to increase his £100,000 initial portfolio by 1.27% despite the FTSE falling by over 3% in the period.
Each participant was given a virtual amount of £100,000 to trade with, though this could be significantly increased as there was the option to engage in some trades on Margin. Of the 72 participants only 8 made a gain in their overall portfolio, with a strong correlation of those making less trades being towards the top of the leader board.
I would like to wish to all of you a great new academic year. This year is starting with excellent prospects for our school on all fronts despite the tough environment in higher education.
Marco Manacorda keynote speaker for the Latin American and the Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA)
His talk was entitled: "Social Assistance and Labor Market Outcomes Lessons from the evaluation of the Uruguayan PANES".
On 25th May 2011, the School of Economics and Finance hosted the Spring 2011 Workshop in Economic Theory; this was attended by 40 participants representing more than a dozen renowned universities. The workshop was an enormous success and featured a number of distinguished speakers from some high profile universities, including:
Congratulations to Sarah Riley, who has been promoted to the position of Programme Manager for the School's MSc Investment & Finance and MSc Banking & Finance programmes, following a successful two-and-a-half-year spell as Student Support Manager.
Andrew Keegan, who had previously worked within the School as an Administrative Assistant, has also been promoted, replacing Sarah in the role of Student Support Manager.
The School wishes them both every success in their new roles.
The Postgraduate Student Investment club – QUMMIF, of the School of Economics and Finance recently unveiled its new logo. During the winter break, the club took the opportunity to draw upon the strengths and creativity of its members in designing the framework for their goals. The Club is already on track to achieving its mission of presenting the Financial Hub of London with the next generation of Fund Managers, Traders and City Analysts. “We have taken on an objective oriented approach", says the Club’s President.
Over the course of this semester, the Economics Society has hosted some exciting events for all students. With the success of CV Boosters, we were able to educate and inform 2nd and 3rd year students who are looking to go into the financial sector after their degree. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants will be holding a networking event and a business game for those hoping to move into a career in accountancy. We are working with CMC Markets and Central Markets to bring one of the most exciting opportunities for would-be traders and enthusiasts alike.
Whether or not the UK’s monetary policy framework needs reform to prevent future economic turmoil was discussed by Kate Barker CBE, former member of the Monetary Policy Committee last night (Monday 18 October 2010).
Speaking at an event to launch the newly renamed School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London, Kate, who is now a Senior Adviser at Credit Suisse, delivered a enlightening speech entitled: 'Gilding the Lily or Fixing the Roof? Does UK monetary policy need reform?'
Queen Mary School of Economics and Finance alumnus Isariya Kuhapremkit was recently interviewed about his path to becoming CEO of Royal Motors, the authorised distributor in Thailand for RUF products from Germany. He won the distrubution deal by impressing RUF's CEO with his marketing plan, his ideas for market development and his negotiation skills. RUF uses Porsche chassis and builds their own parts to manufacture their products.