London Met staff, students and the finance industry came together at Standard Chartered Bank to award students for their outstanding academic achievement.
London Met staff, students and the finance industry came together at Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday 21 April to award students for their outstanding academic achievement.
Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor of Banking and Finance in the Faculty and Director of Guildhall Enterprise Research Centre said: "It is a great pleasure and a privilege to be able to stand here on the top floor of the headquarters of a top international bank, Standard Chartered Bank, located in the heart of the world city of London, along with leaders from a top international learning institution, London Metropolitan University, also located in the heart of the city of London, a stone’s throw away from the bank headquarters, and be part of a unique university-industry collaboration."
The collaboration is now in its fifth year and is led on the bank’s side by Michael Rose, Director at the bank who is also the Course Patron and Visiting Professor at Guildhall School of Business and Law. Last year Managing Director Yoshio Shimizu and Portfolio Managers Oliver Waite and Hitan Patel visited the University, while this year the students visited the bank auditorium at its headquarters at Basinghall Avenue, London. Liam Crellin, Head of Financial Markets Compliance, Europe, devoted time to interacting with the students and help develop their regulatory and compliance insights.
London Met is one of the few universities to offer students Bloomberg terminals for the study of Banking and Finance, and Standard Chartered is one of the few banks to offer hands on support for the student learning experience. The assessment panel comprising both academic and industry representatives was happy to note that the presentations exceeded expectations and were of a very high quality.
Standard Chartered work closely with the Guildhall School of Business and Law to deliver a rewarding student experience that involved learning and assessment of a real-life investment banking scenario. The collaboration enabled the provision of industry relevance in academic teaching and contributed positively to the development of students’ confidence levels, employability skills, group work and team-working skills, communication skills, presentation skills and networking skills.
Dr Simon Jones, Dean of the Guildhall School of Business and Law, gave an inspirational talk and provided motivation for the continuation of the collaborative venture. He said: "I was delighted to be welcomed at Standard Chartered Bank to congratulate our students on their outstanding academic achievement. It was great to hear that the quality of work produced by our students is higher year on year. The School is looking forward to expanding its links with Standard Chartered Bank."