University of Birmingham Financial Forum

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University of Birmingham Financial Forum
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The University of Birmingham Financial Forum is a student-run conference for hundreds of students that was founded in 2011 and held at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. [1]



The University of Birmingham Financial Forum is a day long conference structured around 45 minute keynote presentations and hour-long panel-based discussions.

At the conclusion of the event there is a networking session between the speakers, sponsors and delegates so that like-minded people may meet.

Past Forums


Held on Friday 14 November, the fourth University of Birmingham Financial Forum was opened with an address from Mrs Gill Ball OBE, the Director of Finance at the University of Birmingham. This year's event reflected on the history of the financial sector and looked forward to what is of the future. As with previous years, the 2014 Financial Forum was held in the University of Birmingham's prestigious Great Hall, located right at the heart of campus, a venue which played host to the 3rd Prime Ministerial debate of the 2010 general election.

Speakers at the 2014 conference included: [2]


Held on 18 October, the third University of Birmingham Financial Forum was again opened with an address from Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. Students attended to listen to a range of topics focusing on current topical issues and particular areas of finance relevant to the speakers. Additionally, the conference diversified to cater to a wider range of students.

Speakers at the 2013 conference included: [3]


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The Global Implications of the Eurocrisis Panel Discussion

Held on 2 November, the second University of Birmingham Financial Forum was opened with an address from David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. Over 270 students were attracted to the conference to listen to a range of speakers discuss topics surrounding the central theme of "A Changing World". The theme looked at how the financial world was changing in all regions of the globe, from the restraint of financial institutions in the west, to the growing dominance of China and East Asian countries as a hub for finance, and the continuous turmoil in Europe. [4]

Speakers at the 2012 conference included: [5]


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Professor Cillian Ryan - Have We Got the Right Solution to the Current Global Crisis?

The first University of Birmingham Financial Forum was held on 22 October 2011. Held in the Great Hall, venue for the 3rd Prime Ministerial Debate, the Forum attracted 240 students from around the country with over 200 from the University of Birmingham and around 30 from universities around the country.

The theme, "Britain: The Open Economy", looked at Britain’s role in the global economy, and how governance and changing trade patterns are causing this role to change. The theme was chosen to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their ideas and common perceptions about Britain’s economy. [6]

The event was supported by the University of Birmingham Economics Department, the University of Birmingham Economics Society [7] and the University of Birmingham Investment Society.

Speakers at the 2011 conference included:

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