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Threadneedle opens scholarship essay competition for Cass MSc Finance and MSc Investment Management students

Leading global investment manager Threadneedle Investments has launched its £12,000 scholarship for Cass students.

The firm is challenging MSc students to enter an essay competition where the winner will receive £12,000 towards their tuition fees.

The Threadneedle Investment Award 2015, run in partnership with Cass every two years, is open to all students from the MSc Finance and MSc Investment Management courses.

Campbell Fleming, Threadneedle's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "This award supports tomorrow's investors, encouraging bright minds with an interest in investing at the very start of their careers. The value of active management is a topic of ongoing debate. As an active manager we fundamentally believe that markets are inefficient and that an active approach can benefit investors both in terms of risk and return.

"However it is inherent upon investment managers to demonstrate the value they ultimately deliver to investors - we are therefore interested to see how the students will approach this challenge and look forward to their fresh perspectives and original thinking. By partnering with Cass and SMU we are bringing together organisations that are leaders in investment thinking."

Professor Steve Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, said: "We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with Threadneedle and are delighted to work with them again on the Threadneedle Investment Award along with Singapore Management University. This award provides financial assistance to a highly deserving Cass student, who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to their student community, and inspires them to apply their knowledge and skills in investment management."

How to apply for the Threadneedle Investment Award 2015

The Threadneedle Investment Award is open to students currently enrolled in the Cass MSc Investment Management and MSc Finance programmes.

To apply for the award, students must answer the below essay question (minimum 1,500 words and maximum 1,700 words).

What quantifiable benefits has active portfolio management delivered to investors?

A shortlist of three students will be chosen and invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges made up of Threadneedle executives and Cass academics and executives.

The winner will receive a £12,000 contribution towards their tuition fees, paid for by Threadneedle.

Closing date for submitting the essay synopsis is 19 December 2014.

The finished essay must be submitted by 27 February 2015. The winner will be announced by Threadneedle in June 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Cass's MSc Programme Officer Natalie Anderson Essay entries should also be submitted to Natalie.

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