Bringing together best business practice



Olivia Stanton holding her CISI Educational Trust Award
Olivia Stanton with her CISI Educational Trust Award

Executives from Europe and the Persian Gulf visit Liverpool each year to participate in the annual Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) workshops bringing together professional doctorate to share best practice.

The purpose of the week-long residential is to develop scholarly practices, identify challenges and work with supervisors and fellow students to learn ways to deal with issues and refine research.

The DBA programme, run by Liverpool Business School, provides senior executives and managers with the opportunity to achieve the highest academic degree, equivalent to PhD, while remaining in full time employment. This year’s cohort of visiting students work in a range of sectors, from the autotrade to media, real estate and education. 

Commenting on the  initiative, Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger DBA Programme Leader said:

“We are delighted that we were able to welcome this highly qualified group of students with extensive industry experience who would like to develop themselves and their knowledge further by undertaking doctoral studies.”

Liverpool Business School welcomes DBA students to join the programme in January or September 2018. The programme usually lasts between three to seven years and requires participants to visit Liverpool for four week-long study visits in the first three years. 

MSc in Financial Management student Olivia Stanton has received the £1,000 CISI Education Trust Award prize after taking part take part in the national competition run by the Chartered Institute of Investments and Securities (CISI).

The aim of the awards is to encourage promising students to enter the field of wealth management and Olivia achieved the highest grade for the equity investment presentation as part of the assessment of the Corporate Finance module on degree.

Karl Roberts, programme leader explained the process of the award:

“Students were required to undertake the role of a Chartered Wealth Manager in an equity trading game provided through the London Stock Exchange website. This involved a 10-week trading period where they could invest either on the Official Market or the Alternative Investment Market. On completion of the trading process students were required to provide a 30-minute presentation explaining the rationale for their investments, incorporating empirical research and explain the resultant equity movements. Olivia’s presentation was well structured, well informed and communicated in a professional manner.”

Commenting on her award, Olivia said:

“Doing maths at A Level got me interested in numbers and finance, and since then I’ve followed the markets. Although I lost money on my portfolio, thanks to uncertainties in one particular GSK fund during the US election, my analysis and rationale into what went wrong earned me the high mark for my assignment.”

Olivia has been invited to an Interview Day with eight other students from around the country where a panel will decide who will receive the postgraduate award for 2016-17.

Further information about LJMU’s MSc in Financial Management is available here


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