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Centre for Risk Research

MSc Risk & Finance students start research projects with Santander Bank

Published: 22 July 2022
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The Centre for Risk Research (CRR) has collaborated with Santander Bank to provide students on the MSc Risk & Finance programme at Southampton Business School (SBS) with the opportunity to complete their dissertation with Santander. The dissertation topics will address specific risk management issues at Santander, while simultaneously meeting the high quality academic requirements expected for the MSc Risk & Finance dissertation.

Following a competitive process, MSc Risk & Finance students Miss Bharvi Thakkar and Mr Almuhannad Allahham were selected to undertake the two dissertations. Both Almuhannad and Bharvi will research how gradient boosting machine methods can be used to model default risk. It is anticipated that these industry dissertations will be the first of several collaborative dissertation projects that can contribute to Santander’s financial risk management processes in the years ahead.

Dr Ian Dawson, the Director of the MSc Risk & Finance programme, commented: “These collaborative dissertations with Santander will be of great benefit to our students. Within a corporate setting, they will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that they gained across the MSc programme. They will also gain professional experiences and insights, such working with financial risk analysts and delivering presentations to senior managers. Throughout the process, they will be supported by an academic supervisor at Southampton Business School and by Dr Moreno-Parades, the Risk Management and University Engagement Coordinator at Santander.”

Dr Moreno-Parades commented: “By working with students from Southampton Business School and the Centre for Risk Research, we can identify problems and find ways to solve them using cutting edge research. By addressing these industry-relevant problems, the students have an excellent opportunity to learn and be intellectually challenged in a way that should prepare them well for their future careers.”

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