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By Kevin White | Published Jul 09, 2012

Glasgow financial services students recognised

The deputy director of development and regeneration services for Glasgow City Council, said the four students, highlighted the wealth of talent graduating from Glasgow’s four universities.

Michelle Wright, 23, from Edinburgh, was honoured after achieving a first class honours degree in finance, investment and risk from Glasgow Caledonian University, and is now working at Morgan Stanley.

The four students were presented with certificates and £500 each for achieving top marks in their final exams.

Her fellow award winner, Vietnamese student 25-yera old Nguyen Dang Khoa, completed a masters degree in international finance at Glasgow University, with a grade point average above 85 per cent. He is set to pursue professional qualification as a chartered financial analyst.

Julie Alexandra Wilson, 22, from Inver by Tain in Ross-shire, achieved a first-class honours degree in finance from the University of Strathclyde and is now looking to secure a position in the financial sector, while Maria Anne Hanlon, 40, from Coatbridge, has completed the second year of an accounting degree at the University of the West of Scotland - scoring exceptional marks in her final year exams. She plans to become a chartered accountant.

Mr Turley added: “These awards recognise the great work being done by the universities in Glasgow and the relationships they have with the financial services sector to ensure a steady pipeline of well qualified graduates to work in the industry.

“The awards also recognise the breadth and depth of talent graduating from these universities which is, we believe, very reassuring for existing financial services companies in the city and prospective inward investors.”

Since its launch in 2001, the IFSD has been developed by a partnership of the public and private sectors led by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council. More than £1bn has so far been invested in the district, which has attracted attracted over 15,000 financial sector jobs from the likes of Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays Wealth, BNP Paribas, HSBC, esure, Tesco Bank and Aon.

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