CLEARING 2017: Tina's investment in education pays off with two awards

Tina Shah chose DMU on the day of her A-level results when she called our Clearing hotline to ask about business degrees – and ended up being top of the class.

She knew she wanted to work in the business sector, but had not yet narrowed down her choices. So when she saw the BA (Hons) Economics and Finance degree run at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) she thought it was the perfect option.

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“I specifically chose a mix of the two, so I could get the widest experience possible,” she said. “You have a lot more opportunity to choose different modules and get a broad overview of the subjects.”

Tina found the Clearing process “friendly and straight forward.” She added: “I called up on the day of A-level results and chatted through the options. When I saw that course I realised that is what I wanted to do.”

During her time at DMU she became a student ambassador, helping new students to adjust to their time at university and promoting the opportunities available to those in the Faculty of Business and Law. She also did a year’s placement working within the NHS finance team.

But it was during a module on investment that Tina found her niche, as she and other students were asked to analyse the stock market using the Bloomberg trading system.

She said: “During the final year were learned investments and I really loved the whole process. We were able to research data, prepare reports and have access to real-time data.”

The Bloomberg terminal is used in the financial industries to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data and trades – giving DMU students the chance to develop the very skills demanded by blue-chip firms.

On her graduation she was named the best Economics and Finance student and was awarded the Bloomberg prize for best performance in Investments and Portfolio Management – achieving an unprecedented 100% in that module.

Linda Hickson, senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance, said: “Tina has been an exceptional student throughout her time at DMU and this has really paid dividends for her in the final year. She showed a real flair for portfolio management and her use of the Bloomberg trading system was far more advanced than expected for an UG student.

“She was a cheerful and inquisitive member of class and was willing to help her fellow students with any difficulties.”

Posted on Monday 14th August 2017

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