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ICMA Centre MSc high flyer receives commemorative award – University of Reading

Release Date : 01 May 2009

ICMA Centre MSc student Richard Hamilton has been awarded a prestigious investment banking prize by the Securities & Investment Institute.

The Stephen Cooke Scholarship Programme commemorates the late Stephen Cooke, former senior partner of stockbroking firm, Gerrard Vivian Gray. These scholarships are only available to SII accredited Centres of Excellence, which are an elite group of universities including the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, selected by the SII as offering leadership in academic education, focused on financial markets.

Richard, who is studying the MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking had to submit an essay to the board, as well as taking part in rigorous interviews in order to win the special award.

23 year-old Richard said: "I am delighted to say that the SII educational trust has awarded me a significant scholarship in memory of Stephen Cooke. The SII has for some years now helped young people in this country to further their ambitions in the financial services industry and has a long standing partnership with the ICMA Centre. This award is a vote of confidence in the academic standards and professional integrity which are upheld by the ICMA Centre and demonstrates the belief the Securities and Investment Institute has in the quality of the MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking that I am studying at the Centre".

Richard was awarded the £3,000 prize at the SII CPD Seminar: Masters at Work; a perspective on Fund Management. He was presented the award by guest speaker Andrew Smithers, founder of Smithers & Co.


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Picture caption - Photo: L – Andrew Smithers (L) presents award to Richard Hamilton (R)

About ICMA Centre

The ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, University of Reading has an international reputation for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education for the financial markets. Established in 1991 with funding provided by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) in Zurich, the Centre is housed in a purpose-built modernist building with state-of-the-art facilities including three dealing rooms. The Centre recently celebrated the opening of its new extended facilities including an additional flagship 40-seat dealing room equipped by Thomson Reuters. See:

About the Securities & Investment Institute

*The SII Centres of Excellence programme was established in 2007 with the aim of working with Higher Education establishments and recognizing the synergy of their Masters programmes. Since then those designated the status include Cass Business School, the ICMA Centre Reading, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter (Xfi) and BPP Law School.

SII's mission is to help members attain, maintain and develop their knowledge and skills and to promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the securities and investment industry href=>


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