A team of five students from the Stirling Management School’s MSc in Investment Analysis, a Program Partner of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, were runners up in the UK Final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge. Four teams progressed from the initial round to the UK Final which was won by Cranfield University with King’s College London (third) and Exeter (fourth). Thirteen other teams competed in the initial round of the competition including Cambridge, CASS, Edinburgh, Imperial College, Lancaster, LBS, Oxford and Warwick.
The Stirling team’s presentation to a panel of expert judges at Thomson Reuters HQ in London’s Canary Wharf on 22nd March 2017 was the culmination of months of research into global security company, G4S plc. The initial stage of the competition requires teams to assume the role of investment analysts and produce a report with a buy, hold or sell recommendation. The excellence of their report secured the Stirling team a place in the UK Final.
The students are the ninth Stirling University team in ten years to compete in the UK Final of the competition, considered the “investment Olympics” for university students. The team was mentored for the tenth successive year by Jim Campbell, a 1992 graduate of Stirling’s Investment Analysis programme.
Commenting on this latest success for the Stirling MSc Investment Analysis Programme, Director Dr Kevin Campbell said:
“This is a fantastic achievement by our students, who demonstrated real insight in their company analysis. At the final they presented their findings in a succinct and convincing manner and fielded questions from the panel of professional analysts with composure in what was a high-pressure environment. Stirling University is unique in having reached the UK final more times than any other competing University. The achievement of our team this year, and in previous years, is a testament to the quality of students that study here and the excellent teaching and support that they receive.”
The 2017 Stirling team are, from Left to Right: Adzahemen Stella Vajime (Nigeria), Guillaume Gregoire (Belgium), Awatif Mustafa (Palestine), Jakob Siegert (Germany) and Marco Negrelli (Italy).