Aston Business School launches financial trading room

Aston Business School's Trading Room
8 November 2010

Aston Business School will tomorrow (9 November 2010) open a Financial Trading Room powered by Thomson Reuters, the first of its kind in the West Midlands.

The Financial Trading Room is laid out classroom style with four rows of desks supporting twenty computer workstations. At the front of the room is a 21-foot-long wall-mounted Daktronics LCD Ticker Display which provides live market data and news. In addition, there are two Thomson Reuters InfoPoints which provide an exciting and real-life experience of working in the finance industry. There is also an instructor console at the front of the room linked to an overhead projector which allows classroom demonstration of all the software.

The rare facilities will help 120 postgraduate students of Finance & Investments and Investment Analysis, both Masters (MSc) courses, get a taster of life as a financial trader.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted by Aston University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Julia King and Professor Jim Steeley, Head of the Finance & Accounting Group at Aston Business School.

“This Financial Trading Room is the result of teamwork and collective belief in our vision,” stated Professor Steeley. “I am absolutely delighted to announce the official launch of this dedicated facility which we believe will add value to the already high-quality learning environment. Our students are the workforce of the future, globally, and we aim to equip them with skill and knowledge of the highest standards possible.”

Journalists and photographers are being invited to a preview of the Reuters Financial Trading Room at on Tuesday 9 November (an alternative date and time can be arranged, on request). To find out more contact Patricia Bradshaw, Events & Communications Officer, on 0121 204 3297 or email  p.bradshaw@aston.ac.uk

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To arrange an interview with Professor Jim Steeley or for all media enquiries please contact Dhiren Katwa, Press Officer at Aston Business School, on 0121 204 4954 or email d.katwa1@aston.ac.uk