Stock Market Challenge took place at The University of Manchester on the 31st March 2022. The competition was supported and hosted by Alliance Manchester Business School in partnership with Global Investor Simulations.
Schools from across the North West took part in the challenge, which involved 120 Year 10 students competing on a live stock market trading floor in the Great Hall in the Sackville Street building. The winning team were from St. John Fisher High School.
The challenge provides students with a chance to increase their business and economic understanding, put their mathematics to the test and develop key skills such as team working, problem solving, critical thinking, analysing information and communication.
Teams have to navigate their way through fast-moving, constantly changing market conditions with the aim of maximising their investment opportunities. The students are also challenged to think about the importance of researching company news to help make informed investment decisions.
With all five members of each investment team working together, they are tasked with managing a fund of shares and foreign currency, with the team with the highest value fund at the close of trading scooping first place.
Teams from the participating schools prepared for their day on the stock market using our Finance Lab and Dealing Room simulations. On the day of the challenge, staff and students from the Business School took part as traders to recreate a real-time trading floor.
Denis Buckley, Marketing and Recruitment Co-ordinator at Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “Stock Market Challenge is a fantastic way for young people from schools and colleges to build their understanding of the business world, while developing their skills and having fun. The initiative gives students the opportunity to apply their learning at school to a highly realistic financial context in a university setting that will inspire them and give them the confidence to go on to higher education.”
Alder Community High School, Audenshaw School, Ellesmere Park High School, Fairfield High School, Harrytown Catholic High School, Hollingworth Academy, North Chadderton School, Priestnall School, St Anne's Academy, St Edmund Arrowsmith School, St John Fisher Catholic High School, St Mary's Catholic High School, St Paul's Catholic High School, St Peter's R.C. High School, Stretford Grammar, The Blue Coat School Oldham, The East Manchester Academy, Thornleigh Salesian College, Trinity CE High School and West Hill School
On the trading floor