Ross MacDonald (right) is presented with his 2014 IFSD Student Award by Elaine Hovey, Senior Manager, International Financial and Business Services, Scottish Development International.
Ross MacDonald, from Melrose, has been recognised by Glasgow's International Financial Services District (IFSD) for achieving top marks in his final exams. At an awards ceremony for the IFSD Glasgow Student Awards 2014, Ross was one of seven students, representing each university and college in Glasgow, to be presented with a certificate and £250 to mark their achievements.
Ross, 21, has achieved a first class honours degree in Finance at the University of Strathclyde. He wants to work in Security Analysis and currently plans to return to university to undertake a Masters in Finance. The awards programme was established by the IFSD Partnership to highlight the wealth of talented graduates emerging from Glasgow’s universities and colleges, prepared for careers in financial services. All seven students were nominated as 'outstanding achievers.'
Presenting the Award to Ross on behalf of the IFSD, Elaine Hovey, Senior Manager, International Financial and Business Services, Scottish Development International said, "Many congratulations to Ross on his achievement. The IFSD Student Awards underline the breadth and depth of talent graduating from these universities and colleges which is, we believe, very reassuring for existing financial services companies in the city and prospective inward investors."
Since its launch in 2001, the IFSD has been developed by a partnership of the public and private sectors led by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council. Over £1 billion has so far been invested to transform what was a previously run down area of the city centre. The District has attracted over 15,000 financial sector jobs from some of the biggest names in global finance including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays Wealth, BNP Paribas, HSBC, esure, Tesco Bank and Aon.