The first annual PWC Employability prize took place in the second semester of the academic year 2014/2015. The prize was linked to the third year Undergraduate module “International Financial Services” in which over 200 students took part. The 7 shortlisted students were then invited to present to a PWC panel lead by the Norwich Office Senior Partner Andy Grimbly and Andrea Finegan the module leader from UEA/NBS. The students presented on their choice of two topics: 1) is market perception of liquidity more important for an investment bank than a traditional manufacturing business? Or 2) How viable are ‘pure-play’ investment banks?
The student presentations were wide ranging in their approaches to the topics. They built on the subjects taught during lectures but required an interest in and understanding of how investment banks operate. A controversial subject eliciting a lot of discussion between the panel and contestants. PWC also hosted an Open Day at their offices in the same week which the students attended. Andrea commented that “Competing for employability prizes such as the PWC prize helped students to develop their confidence with prospective employers. The winning students can also put their achievement on their CVs too!”
The winners received trophies and prizes of £250 for first place, £150 for runner-up and £50 for second runner-up.
First Prize Student: James Harford Runner-up: Lamon French
2nd Runner-up: Glenn Derbyshire