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First Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

First Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University

First Campus has been using the Stock Market Challenge every year since its inception in 2003.  First Campus is a collaborative educational initiative consisting of all the Higher and Further education institutions in South East Wales funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).  The aim is to help raise educational standards and make a significant contribution to the Welsh Assembly Government targets for Reaching Wider.

Through collaboration the project runs a series of exciting and challenging activities for a wide cross section of pupils at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4. Our aim is to make sure all activities fully complement the curriculum, enrich studies, encourage participation and are enjoyable for all participants.   Stock Market Challenge always ticks every box!

Stock Market Challenge gets such good feedback year on year and we’re now looking to make it part of a larger project. The Business Academy has been designed to support students studying business at GCSE level and will offer assistance for those looking to complete the intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate.  First Campus will be using the Dealing Room version of the game as part of a ‘business taster day’ used in the lead up to the annual inter-schools Stock Market Challenge event.   Year 10 pupils from secondary schools across the region will get an introduction to the stock market and an opportunity to experience the game and develop their skills before representing their school at the main event.

Chris Webb, First Campus Officer

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“We use Dealing Room and Finance Lab in our first year BA Accounting & Finance course to help develop students' academic and employability skills, in particular communication, teamwork and numeracy. Student feedback has demonstrated that the simulations make an invaluable contribution to their self-development.”

Helen Hall, Programme Tutor, Accounting & Finance, University of Hertfordshire

“It highlights the use of information to make decisions, how information is based on raw numbers, and the ability to use this in making decisions which have a consequence (i.e. losing/making money).”

Ursula O’Hagan, Business Studies Teacher, St. Rose’s Dominican College

"There was such a buzz at the Stock Market Challenge. If a team was looking for something that is fun to do and related to financial services then this is a really good opportunity. I would encourage people to do it."

Kathryn McGown, Human Resources Consultant, Standard Life

“Pupils gain an insight into financial markets trading in a fun and interactive way.  They develop their comprehension and problem-solving skills, and the practical application of numeracy.”

Deirdre Turkington, Business Studies Teacher, Victoria College

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