Competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of the F&C Investment Trust Prize - established exclusively for City of Glasgow College. This launch celebrates F&C Investment Trust's 150th anniversary year. As we look forward to the next 150 years of investing, the Trust are keen to help students and young people better understand financial services. This is an opportunity for you to win exceptional prizes, including £10,000 for your faculty and a Macbook Air (or other prizes to equivalent value). Winners will also benefit from careers and CV advice from fund managers and investment professionals, as well as a visit to the City of London.

THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS - READ ON AND GET INVOLVED!

Why is CGC partnering with F&C Investment Trust?

CGC is delighted to be working with F&C Investment Trust in helping to improve financial education. F&C IT is the world's oldest collective investment fund, established in 1868, with a passion to improve financial knowledge within the community, to make sure that as we move through our lives we understand our financial goals and how to achieve them. For those of who don't study finance, an investment trust is a vehicle that invests everyday people's money in stocks and shares. F&C IT was the first of its kind – the first vehicle that allowed ordinary people to "pool" their assets, thus giving them access to the stock exchange, which was previously the preserve of the wealthy. The Board are keen to combine their collective knowledge with our students' innovation and entrepreneurialism to help in improving the public's knowledge about the need to secure their financial future.

We believe this is a fantastic opportunity, not only for our students to join forces with one of the largest brands in financial services, but also for the winners to develop their own career goals. Not only will this competition offer some amazing cash and Apple prizes, but also give winners the chance to network with the F&C Board and attend a mock interview day with the HR team who interview globally on a daily basis.

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What is the competition?

The F&C Investment Trust Prize is asking CGC students of any faculty, to creatively answer one of three questions. We must iterate that the level of understanding is not what will be judged, but the creativity, explanation and thinking which would be understandable to a regular investor like you. We have three categories to choose from. Entries will be shortlisted by our review panel. Shortlisted submissions will be posted online for a public vote, so your friends and family can show their support and the judges will take into account the public vote when making their final decision. Our judging panel for the final vote comprises national journalists, senior members of the College and Board members from F&C Investment Trust.

The categories to choose from are:

1

Investing:
why and when?

"Investing" is not a particularly hot topic with young people, but with changing state aid and the unknown future, how do we better prepare people to start thinking about financial security from a young age? Why do we need to invest and when should we start thinking about it? In a nutshell, why does investing matter?

2

Financial futures

Financial futures: how do we prepare ourselves? In the past, generations have benefited from housing market growth to secure their nest egg. With the "property ladder" being an increasingly difficult challenge, how does this affect young people's ability to prepare for their future?

3

Growth

150 years ago, F&CIT invested in the Amazon, now it's amazon.com... what can we expect in 150 years' time? If you could only buy one thing now to invest for your future, what would it be?

Entries can be:

  • Individual or groups (up to 8 individuals in a group)

  • Anyone with a City of Glasgow College Student ID

  • Submitted in any creative medium from vlog to essay, video to podcast

  • Should take no longer than 5 minutes to read/watch/listen to/consume

Shortlisted entries will be announced in February, ready for voting by the public, so encourage your friends, families and ambassadors to join in!

Finalists will be in with the chance to win a new iPad, and the winning entry will win a heap of prizes!

  • Presentation lunch and meet and greet with F&C Investment Trust Board which has a combined experience of over 100 years in Financial Services

  • Recognised and celebrated at the annual City of Glasgow College Student Excellence & Achievement Awards (May 2019)

  • Title of The F&C Investment Trust Prize Winner 2019

  • Team names on The F&C Investment Trust Prize plaque, holding permanent centre stage on the university walls long after graduation

  • Private mock interview day with BMO, offering guidance, mock interview questions and CV building tips

  • MacBook air or equivalent sharable prize

  • £10,000 for faculty to invest in research, innovation or development

How do I enter?

You can enter in teams (up to 8 individuals) or as an individual, all entrants must have a valid student ID. To register your entry, please complete the form below.

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Dates for your diary!

7th December

Entries open

1st February

Competition closes for judging shortlist

w/c 11th February

Shortlist announced and public voting opens

w/c 18th February

Judging panel vote on winner

26th February

Winners announced and prize giving

FAQ

You can enter in teams or as an individual, all entrants must have a valid student ID. To register your entry, please go compete the form above, and enter your details for the next steps.

The F&C Investment Trust Prize is a first of its kind competition for the City of Glasgow College! We are working with a global, award-winning financial services firm (BMO) to bring our students access to a host of prizes and the prestige of this annual award.

The competition aims to bring financial awareness to our students, so that you are informed when planning your financial futures. You don't need to be studying any finance related courses, it truly is open to anyone, and any interpretation of your answer to any of the three competition questions!
Any of our current students can enter the competition here.
Yes, you can! All entries will go to an expert panel who are looking for the most creative answers to our questions. The competition is not judged on financial knowledge or hours of studying a finance course, but it is judged on simplicity, creativity and understanding of the key themes.
There are lots of brilliant prizes for our entrants!
  • Presentation lunch and meet and greet with F&C Investment Trust Board which has a combined experience of over 100 years in Financial Services
  • Recognised and celebrated at the annual City of Glasgow College Student Excellence & Achievement Awards (May 2019)
  • Title of The F&C Investment Trust Prize Winner 2019
  • Team names on The F&C Investment Trust Prize plaque, holding permanent centre stage on the university walls long after graduation
  • Private mock interview day with BMO, offering guidance, mock interview questions and CV building tips
  • MacBook air or equivalent sharable prize
  • £10,000 for faculty to invest in research, innovation or development
Yes, the competition has some great prizes from MacBook air, iPads, £10,000 for CGC departments as well as a meeting with the F&C Investment Trust Board members AND a simulation interview with feedback from the HR department, invaluable for your future career planning!
The F&C Investment Trust Prize is asking CGC students of any faculty, to creatively answer one of three questions. We must iterate that the level of understanding is not what will be judged, but the creativity, explanation and thinking which would be understandable to a regular investor like you. We have three categories to choose from, each category will be shortlisted by a prestigious panel to reveal the finalists. The final submissions will be posted online, to be chosen by the voting public!

The categories to choose from are:
  1. Investing: why and when? 'Investing' is not a particularly hot topic with young people, but with changing state aid and the unknown future, how do we better prepare people to start thinking about financial security from a young age? Why do we need to invest and when should we start thinking about it?
  2. Financial futures: how do we prepare ourselves? In the past, generations have benefited from housing market growth and defined benefit pension schemes to create financially secure futures. But without knowing if we will receive thematic booms, or be able to lean on state aid, how do we prepare ourselves for financial independence in retirement and beyond?
  3. Growth: 150 years ago, the F&CIT invested in the Amazon, now it's amazon.com…what can we expect in 150 years' time? If you could only buy one thing now to invest for your future, what would it be? What will be the next Amazon and how should they be applied for a diversified financial portfolio?
Entries can be:
Individual or groups (up to 8 individuals in a group) • Anyone with a City of Glasgow College Student ID • Submitted in any creative medium from vlog to essay, video to podcast • Should take no longer than 5 minutes to read/watch/listen to/consume.

Shortlisted entries will be announced in February, ready for voting by the public, so encourage your friends, families and ambassadors to join in!

Click here to register your entry place!
We will be manning an inbox for questions via email help@F&Cinvestmenttrustprize.co.uk.

You can also email any questions you have through to fcit@mipagency.com.
Ideally, groups should be no more than 6-8, but let us know if you have a reason for requesting a larger group. We will always try to be flexible.
The main prize is £10,000, to be awarded to your faculty. A Macbook Air will be awarded to the individual winner, however if the winner is a group, this will be a shared prize to the equivalent value. There are also lots of "soft" benefits on offer: including a trip to London to meet the F&C IT team, careers counselling / interview tips and help with your CV. And of course, you will have made some great contacts in financial services!!

Contact us

If you have any questions about the competition that aren't covered in our FAQ section, you can contact us on:

info@fcitprize.com

Good luck!