Each Spring, the University of Stirling Management School welcomes Amplify Trading, a global financial trading and training company, to campus to deliver a week-long Boot Camp for Masters students on our finance-related courses. This training is provided free for our students. Amplify Trading provide training for some of the largest global financial institutions, with a client list which includes Bank of America and HSBC.
The Boot Camp helps bridge the gap between academic theories of financial markets and how they behave in the real world. During the intensive week students are presented with live market data and have the opportunity to trade across multiple asset classes, gaining first-hand experience of how intra-day trading actually works.
Trading takes place across a variety of futures contracts quoted on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, providing exposure to stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities. At the end of the course the five Top Traders are awarded with a trophy.
Stirling Management School’s Amplify Trading Boot Camp has won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education Award (IDEA) for innovation in finance teaching and education. More information on this award can be found here.
The University of Stirling Management School was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Herald HE Awards 2015 in the category of Innovation Technology Excellence Award for its innovative introduction of the Amplify Training Boot camp. Read the article on heraldscotland
Dr Kevin Campbell, Director of the MSc Investment Analysis course commented:
Our students experienced both the joy of making money and the pain of losing money. Crucially, as the week progressed they learned how to manage the risk of their trading positions and how to control their emotions. Bringing the real world of financial trading onto campus has opened the eyes of our students to the importance of understanding how market prices are affected by human behaviour as well as by economic news. The experience will significantly enhance their employability.
William de Lucy, Managing Director, Amplify Trading said:
The Trading Boot Camp at The University of Stirling Management School was an incredibly intense, hands-on week of financial market trading. Throughout the week we had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional students who managed their risk within uncertain live markets incredibly well. The speed with which Stirling Management School has taken the development of the practical trading program from concept to implementation has been astounding. This is a clear signal of how seriously they take the competitive advantage of their students within the market place on their graduation.