Mike King

Michael King

Business School MSc student wins prestigious £5,000 scholarship

Michael King, an MSc Finance & Investment student at the Business School has been selected by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to receive the £5,000 Stephen Cooke Scholarship Premier Award'

Michael attended Applemore College in Hampshire, and went on to study for his BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management at Kingston upon Thames University. He won the Thomson Reuters Scholarship to attend the University of Exeter.

Michael has also been a visiting lecturer on the subject of property derivatives at Kingston University and has held internships at Liberty International, Aviva Investors and PRUPIM Real Estate Investment Management.

The award is open to students of financial subjects at accredited CISI centres of excellence in the UK. Xfi is one of only seven such centres in the UK.

Entrants for the award this year were challenged to write an essay asking them to “Analyse the current corporate governance structure of banks and financial institutions looking at the responsibilities of the non-executive directors institutional shareholders and regulators; and their role and effectiveness in holding senior management to account. What changes would you suggest to help avoid repeating recent mistakes?”

Shortlisted candidates then undertook a general knowledge test and panel interview at the CISI offices in London.

Michael King said: “I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing the essay but knew I would be facing stiff competition from other worthy candidates, so I was very pleased to find out I had been awarded this prestigious scholarship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the CISI for the award, which I am sure will prove invaluable in helping to progress my career in the financial industry, as well as the Business School for their support and encouragement.”

Simon Culhane Chartered FCSI, CEO of the CISI said: “The standard of entrants was extremely high this year and Michael’s submission was excellent in its analysis and recommendations and therefore extremely deserving of this year’s scholarship.”

Date: 26 March 2010

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