A specialist financial services degree offered through the University of Plymouth and taught in Jersey at Highlands College has been short-listed for three awards.

The Foundation Degree in Financial Services features in three nominations in the University of Plymouth Enterprise Awards, which take place this evening (17th September), with the Highlands College team and Jersey’s finance industry also receiving recognition.
 
A major bank in Jersey has been nominated for the ‘Student Placement Provider of the Year’ award for hosting a student as part of the Degree programme, whilst the Highlands College Financial Services Degree team, which includes Bob McGinnigle, Jim Pearce and Michelle Gosling, has also been short-listed for the ‘Employer Engagement’ award.
 
In addition, Ed Sallis, Principal of Highlands College, has been nominated for the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the University’ in recognition for his work in strengthening the partnership between Highlands College and the University of Plymouth and for establishing a University Centre at Highlands College. Commenting on his nomination, Ed Sallis said:
 
‘I am honoured that the University of Plymouth has short-listed me for their Outstanding Contribution award but I am equally delighted about the recognition given to the Financial Services Degree and our Industry partners. This is a reflection of the work that the College and the Industry has done together to bring financial education to the Island. This partnership with Jersey Finance has proved an enormous benefit to students.’
 
The two-year degree programme, launched in 2008, is proving an attractive option again this year, with 15 students enrolled. They are currently following a three-day induction programme, facilitated by a number of financial services firms who will be talking to the new students about Jersey’s banking, funds and trust industries and how Jersey’s Finance Industry is regulated. Students will get another chance to talk to the firms at which they will undertake work experience as part of the Degree at an event on 24th September, at which Phil Austin, Chairman of the Education & Resources Group, will also be speaking.
 
Geoff Cook, chief executive of Jersey Finance, added:
 
‘Being nominated for three awards within a year of its launch is a fantastic achievement for the Foundation Degree in Financial Services, and this is testament to the hard work that has been put in by everyone involved with it thus far. As well as being delighted to support this initiative, I am also grateful that so many local firms have been willing to participate in it to make it a success. It is vital that Jersey continues to invest in the long-term education and training needs of its local workforce through initiatives like this.’
 
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For further information, please contact Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance Limited, on tel. +44 (0) 1534 836000 or e-mail geoff.cook@jerseyfinance.je
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Mike Sunier at Crystal Public Relations on tel. +44 (0) 1534 639505 or e-mail mike@crystalpr.co.uk