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UEL student traders impress competition judges

Trio win third-place trophy after negotiating a series of trading challenges

Students from the University of East London (UEL) recently took part in the National University Trading Challenge for the first time – and won third place. 

The team, made up of economics and finance students from UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law, were given four challenges, including a simulated four-week trading task to make profit and handle financial risk. 

UEL also joined university teams from Kingston, City, Derby, Greenwich, Birkbeck and West London at the Cass Business School in London for a series of portfolio, treasury and investment banking challenges. 

“It was a really useful experience,” said team captain Aurica Jalba, who is studying for an MSc in Finance and Risk. “We were able to use the knowledge from our degree course and apply it to real-world situations.” 

Judges awarded Aurica and her team-mates – Oluwaseun Jonah (BSc Finance) and Raqeeb Ali Kareem (BSc Economics) – the third-place trophy. They also received a Society of Technical Analysts home study programme and job interview training with City professionals. 

Aurica, 39, who originates from Grozesti, Moldova, and now lives in Ilford, east London, says she is passionate about her subject and keen to pursue a financial career after completing her studies.

“I was pleased when I got a first in my undergraduate degree in economics here at UEL, who then gave me a scholarship to continue studying for the master’s,” she said. “It all helps as I’d like to be a financial analyst in the banking sector once I graduate.”

Dr Ejike Udeogu, UEL lecturer in economics and the team’s advisor, said the trio’s performance was a “highly commendable and a fantastic result”.