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Oxford Brookes students boost their financial trading skills with new virtual trading floor

9 February 2023
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Students at Oxford Brookes University can gain experience of trading on the financial markets by making mock transactions, thanks to a newly installed computer suite.

Oxford Brookes Business School has unveiled a brand new Bloomberg Trading Suite, consisting of  16 computers with software that mirrors the same system used by professionals working in finance to monitor the fast-moving financial markets.

Students will have access to real-world financial market data on the Bloomberg electronic trading platform as part of their learning, preparing them for their first steps into the industry.

The students will be able to make mock transactions, with a focus on sustainable finance and ethical trading that has social and environmental benefits.

Professor Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School, said: “It is fantastic that our students will benefit from our investment in these new facilities, and the focus on sustainable investing reflects our broader commitment to sustainability and responsible business.”

The Bloomberg Trading Suite is located in the Clerici building on the Headington campus and will be used by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students can view information such as security values, equities and foreign exchange— just as professional bankers, corporations and government agencies do in the real world.

In September 2022, the Business School unveiled a new Marketing and Social Media lab, giving marketing students the chance to learn skills in graphic design, video editing, web development and photography.

Professor Vorley added: “The Bloomberg project represents a significant investment in the Oxford Brookes Business School. Alongside the Marketing and Social Media Lab, it reflects a continued commitment to programme innovation and student experience.”

Professor Nicolette Nichels, Associate Dean Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, said: “Our students will have the opportunity to learn about and evaluate the impacts of sustainable investment, from green bonds to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) linked financing and climate financing.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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