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UEL's MBA programme announces plan to offer students accredited Diploma in Corporate Governance 

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Diploma will be accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

The University of East London's (UEL) Royal Docks School of Business and Law (RDSBL) has announced that from the 2017-2018 academic year onwards, students on its MBA programme will be eligible for a Diploma in Corporate Governance. 

The news was announced at a special event hosted by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), which will accredit the diploma.

Dr Costantino Grasso, a business lecturer at the School, explained, “It means the corporate governance module on our MBA programme will be accredited by the Institute starting from next academic year so that the UEL students who attend it will automatically get a Diploma in Corporate Governance.

“As well as gaining special academic training in business, students will also have an industry-standard qualification, which is a sign of quality and professionalism.”

The announcement was made at the RDSBL event following talks by Mr Martyn Jones, ICSA's Senior Qualification Manager, and  Mrs Rowan Hostler, Head of Secretariat with the AGC (audit and disclosure committee) at Aviva plc and a fellow of the Institute. The pair spoke about the work of the Institute and how people could support it. 

The speakers also focused on different career paths and experiences of governance and compliance.
The institute exists to certifying company secretaries through examination and post-qualifications programmes. Founded in 1891, it has 37,000 members and was granted a royal charter in 1902.

Business students also attended a guest lecture by Bob Ferguson, Head of Department, Strategy and Competition Division, at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

Mr Ferguson discussed the role the FCA plays in relation to the banking sector, and the impact of the financial crisis and UK response.

Dr Grasso, who specialises in corporate governance, arranged the event. He said, “Mr Ferguson looked at topical corporate governance issues such as the individual accountability of senior bank managers, the remuneration regime in the banking sector, and the ring-fencing procedure that will be implemented in 2019 to separate retail banking operations from the ones carried out by the investment branches.

“It is a great benefit to bring work-world expertise into the lecture room, and show students the practical application of what they learn.”

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