UWE Bristol Finance student wins national award

Issue date: 22 April 2015

Deepak Lalwani Idnani, a student on the MSc Finance programme at UWE Bristol, has been awarded second place and an overall prize of £1500 in the national finals of the CISI Educational Trust Awards, a UK-wide competition for outstanding student coursework.

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body, for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK, and in a growing number of financial centres globally.

Deepak took part in the finals, an Interview Day at the CISI Head Office in London on 17 April 2015. He was selected as one of only five finalists, from the 15 institutional student prize-winners, nominated for an outstanding essay, or exam result, by their own university.

To reach the final, all prizewinners were invited to submit a 400 word essay, entitled: 'What is the difference, if it exists, between investing and gambling? Which category do derivative trading and spread betting fall?' The interview day provided the student finalists with the opportunity to visit the CISI offices and network with the CISI Educational Trust.

Deepak was awarded a prize of £1,000 as an institutional winner, receiving a further £500 as runner-up in the finals.

Deepak is delighted with his achievements, he said, “I am very thankful to UWE and their academic staff for their excellent quality of teaching. The fact that I was given the opportunity to represent my University and was privileged to receive commendations from the CISI, is a tangible recognition of my efforts towards becoming a professional in the finance industry. With significant competition for the best finance sector opportunities, being part of this initiative will help me to stand out from the crowd. The whole experience was incredibly rewarding. It gave me the opportunity to meet talented senior people from the industry. I congratulate the CISI for organising events such as this and for supporting students on their path towards becoming professionals of the finance industry.”

Bristol Business School's, Dr Osman Yukselturk, is the programme leader for MSc Finance. He said, “We are delighted to have Deepak in our programme. Deepak is a mature student who does not have a background in finance. He worked very hard and showed some great academic and interpersonal skills. This is truly a well-deserved prize that reflects the effort and determination Deepak put into his studies.”

The CISI Educational Trust Awards is open to students studying undergraduate and postgraduate finance programmes, which are accredited by the CISI as Centres of Excellence, and seek to acknowledge high standards of work.

The MSc Finance at UWE programme confers upon students an exemption from the CISI diploma for those students who complete the programme following the award to the Centre for Global Finance of Centre of Excellence status in 2012.

Students are set to benefit from state-of-the art facilities, as work begins on the new state-of-the art building for the Faculty of Business and Law. Enabling works have now been completed on the site and construction work will start in May. For more information see the latest news release: UWE Bristol appoints main contractor for landmark £50m project

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