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A Student Guide to Making Money Through Investment

As part of the University of Lincoln Summer Festival of Learning, the Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF) delivered an inspirational session entitled ‘Get Rich Quick as a Student: A guide to making money through investment’

On the 23rd June, members of the LSMIF leadership team led the three and a half hour experience, providing a snapshot of an investment process whilst sharing top tips for investing new comers.  All the latest market trends were also covered, including ESG and Cryptocurrencies which, whilst being fresh and incredibly popular, are also dangerously volatile. With questions encouraged, there was the opportunity for participants from across the University to gain a level of understanding depending on individual experience.

At the end of the event, certificates were awarded to commemorate LSMIF members’ end of year ‘graduation’ whilst everyone who attended received a participation certificate.  James Stenson, President of the LSMIF, is also pictured proudly holding their PQ Magazine Student Body of the Year trophy.

Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund

James comments: “Our presentation and guide on investment was a way to expand and enhance the knowledge of our current LSMIF cohort, whilst also inviting the greater University community to attend to further their insight and development into the world of investments.

“We covered a wide variety of topics, including how to start investing as a student and what type of accounts should be opened to facilitate this. My colleagues went into depth on how to screen equities and the future markets including cryptocurrencies. The event was a great success and the feedback received has been very positive as a whole.

“We hope everyone enjoyed the event and we look forward to putting on more events in the future. LSMIF wants to provide a financial education beyond academia to all students interested.”

Balys Elsbergas, a second year Business and Finance student from the EU, praised the cohesiveness of the Summer Festival:  “..it has brought together like minded proactive students aiming to shape their future, learning to invest for a secure pension, through ISA stocks and shares and cryptocurrency. We discussed ways to mitigate carbon emissions for a greener environment. The summer festival helps us explore our goals for the future. I learned many new techniques for investment and had a great day”.

Jordan Cooling, Financial Analyst for LSMIF, reflected on his time within the society, adding: “Being part of LSMIF was one of my greatest experiences at university, it gives you the opportunity to learn new skills you wouldn’t otherwise have been exposed to and is great way to boost your confidence and make you more employable. This workshop has equipped me with more knowledge and expanded my interests.”

Dr Hao Quach, from the Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics praised participants, commenting: “I am delighted to see my students who have developed their professional skills to a high standard now inspiring new students via their session as part of the Festival of Learning.  Many of the LSMIF members have now received a certificate of completion and will graduate from the University this summer. 

“I firmly believe that their wide and varied experiences available to them as part of the LSMIF will have been an asset, equipping them well as they seek further education or employment.”

Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund

Lincoln International Business School Celebrates Student Success After Scooping Two Awards at Prestigious PQ Ceremony

Lincoln International Business School is celebrating student success after scooping two awards at the prestigious PQ Awards ceremony.

The annual PQ Awards are organised by renown accountancy trade journal, PQ Magazine, with Editor Graham Hambly hosting the online ceremony on the 29th April.

The Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF) were delighted to accept the Student Body of the Year award with President James Stenson accepting the accolade on behalf of the members, while Emma Mellor, an Accountancy and Finance alumna, was named Graduate of the Year in recognition of her outstanding academic ability and extra-curricular achievements.

With just five student managed investment funds existing within the UK, the Lincoln Fund was established at the University of Lincoln by staff and students six years ago. It is designed and operated just like any investment management company with a trading account and investment of shares in companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Dr Hao Quach
Dr Hao Quach

Associate Professor, Hao Quach, oversees the LSMIF and commented: “The interest in the fund has grown quickly, recruiting over 100 student members this academic year alone, all holding different roles from analyst to CEO. 

“It is an honour to learn from members that the LSMIF has been an important factor in choosing to study at Lincoln as it offers a valuable extra-curricular learning experience with members accruing skills that make them highly employable graduates. 

“In addition, the LSMIF has been pioneering international collaborations including a student conference with peers in Vietnam and a fundraising campaign to assist victims of floods abroad.

“My thanks go to LIBS staff for their never-ending support, James Stenson for being such a talented CEO, as well as donors and advisors of the Fund, Brewin Dolphin and MBS.”

Third year BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance student and LSMIF President James Stenson, welcomed the award and thanked members for their hard work and dedication, particularly over the last challenging year: “As President I would like to thank all our Analysts, Senior Analysts, Management and Board of Advisors who donate their free time to make this fund the absolute best student fund it can be. 

“We look forward to the future and have great plans, hopes and expectations for the Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund for 2022 and beyond. Thank you to Graham Hambly and the whole PQ Magazine team for a wonderful evening.”

LSMIF students
LSMIF (taken 2019)

The Graduate of the Year award went to Emma Mellor who achieved a first-class BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance degree in 2020 and whose educational journey saw various extra-curricular accolades.

James Wright, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance, nominated Emma for her award describing her as “… a highly driven, committed, and hard-working individual who, no matter the situation, gives her all. 

“Whilst studying and graduating from the University of Lincoln with a first class degree in 2020, Emma balanced her family, children, commuting and working commitments around her studies which I commend her for.”  

Emma Mellor
Emma Mellor

Emma added: “I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had been nominated and shortlisted but I honestly couldn’t quite believe I had won. I had a really good team of people around me throughout the degree and I couldn’t have completed half of the stuff I did without that solid support network.”

Head of Accountancy, Finance and Economics Department, Siobhan Goggin, said of the awards: “Acknowledging and celebrating student success is important and my thanks go to the team for submitting four nominations, all of which were shortlisted, with two winning awards.  

“The LSMIF is a student body of which we are very proud and as it continues to thrive is deservedly garnering national and international acclaim for its achievements.  

“Our Graduate of the Year, Emma, demonstrated a commendable commitment to her studies as well as being an active member of our student community with notable achievements throughout her programme.”

LIBS Student Conference

The Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF), in collaboration with the Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics, held their second international student conference on Friday 16th April.

Over 50 students and staff from both the University of Lincoln and the National Economics University in Vietnam (NEU), were present at the virtual event with presentations delivered by students at both institutions. The focus on capital market updates in lieu of a global pandemic, along with highlighting opportunities for investors as seen from both domestic and a foreign investor’s eye, created a relevant and engaging agenda.

As part of their dialogue, students also looked beyond the current restrictions to a time when international travel restrictions are lifted and interactions can be face-to-face once again with further conferences and collaborations planned. Do Minh Chau, an NEU second year International Business Management student, is eager to participate in these developments: “I really hope that we can continue this chain of conferences as there are still many more topics and in-depth discussions to cover. Through these exchange activities, we really want to introduce more about Vietnam’s investment environment, and also to be wowed with the UK’s market.”

Dr Hao Quach
Dr Hao Quach

Lincoln International Business School Associate Professor, Hao Quach, commented: “I am delighted that the second conference went so well.  It is clear that students from both countries found this to be a very beneficial learning tool. This conference series is in line with our international engagement for our students and also for our future students from Vietnam. These semi-annual conferences offer opportunities for students to conduct and present their research on the Vietnam and UK economy and markets for mutual benefits. This activity expands our educational partnership with Vietnam universities and broadens also the LSMIF’s operation. I am happy to see growing interests in both the LSMIF and the conferences.”

James Stenson, President of the LSMIF, added: “We are very grateful for the opportunity to learn from one another and it was an absolute pleasure to learn more about Vietnam and how the markets differ and operate. It was an eye-opening experience and we look forward to further collaboration. We hope NEU learned from us and found the conference as enlightening as we found their presentations and discussions. LSMIF look forward to helping the NEU setting up their own Student Managed Investment Fund and hope that our shared experiences will help their progress and further their knowledge.”

Capturing the engagement felt by participants and the benefits of this extra-curricular learning opportunity, NEU second year Financial Investment student, Bui Phuong Dzung, summarised: “…as a student majoring in Financial Investment, from the first time I attended the Lincoln webinar as a listener, I was excited and absorbed by the content presented throughout the session from both sides. For that reason, at the second seminar, I seized the opportunity to become a content creator and presenter. This process has motivated me to cooperate enthusiastically with my team members to cautiously study the practical information related to my field, then confidently present the condensed and valuable knowledge to participants.”

NEU Associate Professor, Dr Nguyen Thi Minh Hue, Head of Securities Market Department, School of Banking and Finance, concurred adding: “…hopefully, students from the University of Lincoln also gained useful and interesting information about Vietnam securities market, an emerging market, but full of good investment opportunities for foreign investors like the LSMIF.”

LIBS Student ConferenceLSMIF logo

Lincoln International Business School has been shortlisted for three nominations for the PQ Magazine Awards 2021

The PQ Awards recognise excellence in accountancy.  The awards are organised and selected by PQ Magazine(opens in a new tab), an award winning accountancy publication.
The awards Lincoln International Business School were shortlisted in are as follows:
  • Lincoln Student Managed Investment Fund (LSMIF(opens in a new tab)) for Student Body of the Year
  • Accounting, Finance and Economics Department as the Public Sector College of the Year
  • Emma Mellor and Saida Acugba for Accountancy Graduate of the Year
Catriona Hyde, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance, said:
“We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards which highlight not only the fantastic work being done within Accountancy, Finance and Economics at Lincoln International Business School but also the amazing contribution and engagement of our students.”
The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 29th April starting at 7pm. Register your place on Eventbrite here(opens in a new tab).

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