Tuesday 14 August 2012

Hedge fund manager appointed to develop student trading room


Christopher Clarke in the new trading room
Christopher Clarke

Universities and business schools globally are partly responsible for turning out tomorrow’s financial marketplace leaders.
Christopher Clarke, head of trading room development
We’re now developing opportunities for our students to gain direct experience in a range of financial instruments.
Professor Baback Yazdani, dean of Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School has appointed ex-Goldman Sachs executive director and current hedge fund manager at Lawrence Clarke Investment Management LLP, Christopher Clarke, to develop its student financial trading room.

Chris graduated with a (BA Hons) Accounting and Finance degree from Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University, in 1989 and has 21 years’ experience in trading global financial markets.

He said: "The global financial industry is currently experiencing a very challenging environment due to scandals, bail outs and investigations. Universities and business schools globally are partly responsible for turning out tomorrow’s financial marketplace leaders. As a result, there needs to be a serious re-think in terms of out-dated academic theories of investment methodology, as well as a solid understanding of current and likely future changes to the regulatory, compliance and ethical framework in which the global markets exist.

"I’m extremely excited about the task that we have challenged ourselves with here at Nottingham Business School. It is about time that a leading university broke with tradition in terms of changing the methods of teaching for trading and investing.

"We want to develop our financial markets trading room into the best university trading room in the world for undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to pursue a career in financial markets and the investment industry. We’re currently developing new teaching methods and an experience which is simply not available in any other business school."

The newly opened room allows students to simulate live trading with data provided by Thomson Reuters. It features 12 double screen workstations equipped with Thomson Reuters Eikon software, an industry leading system with access to worldwide financial markets data and sophisticated analysis tools. The room also features a large screen displaying the latest data and news headlines.

Dean of Nottingham Business School, Professor Baback Yazdani, said: "We are excited to have Chris on board and welcome his enthusiasm and experience. He will help us continue to put Nottingham Business School firmly on the map for domestic and international students wishing to gain a first-rate financial education with real-life practice and become more equipped to deal with business and finance in the 21st Century.

"In addition to the trading room, we’re now developing opportunities for our students to gain direct experience in a range of financial instruments, including placements within trading firms, a valuable opportunity that no other university or business school currently offers."

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