University of Stirling Management School welcomed Amplify, a global financial trading and training company, to campus last week to deliver a week-long Boot Camp for undergraduate and postgraduate students on our finance-related courses. This training is provided free for our students. Amplify provide training for some of the largest global financial institutions, with a client list which includes Bank of America and HSBC.
The Boot Camp, which has been held every year since 2014, helps bridge the gap between academic theories of financial markets and how markets behave in the real world. During the intensive week students have the opportunity to trade in University computer labs across a variety of futures contracts quoted on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, using virtual money in real time. These contracts provide exposure to stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities. In an awards ceremony to mark the end of the Boot Camp, eight students received Top Trader trophies.
In the same year it was shortlisted in the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards, in the Presence Learning category, and was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Herald Higher Education Awards in the Innovation Technology Excellence category, for its innovative introduction of the Amplify Training Boot Camp.
Dr Kevin Campbell, Director of the MSc Investment Analysis, said: “This is the fifth year that we have run the Boot Camp with Amplify. Since its inception it has evolved and incorporated state-of-the-art teaching innovations. This year students took part in a new simulation where they competed against each other by acting out roles in both hedge funds and investment banks. This experience of both the buy-side and the sell-side of the financial industry will enhance the ability of our students to find rewarding careers.”
The Boot Camp was well-received by Stirling Management School students: “Heart pounding, frustrating, and brilliant” and the “experience of a life time”, are just some examples of the feedback received.
Picture - MSc Investment Analysis students Murray Thomson and Jack May with their Top Trader Trophies, presented by Piers Curran, Head of Trading at Amplify.