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23 Oct 2014

Open University awards Richard Delbridge Prize to financial studies student

Kirsty Knott receiving her award from Dean of Social Sciences

Kirsty Knott receiving her award from Dean of Social Sciences

The Open University (OU) has announced the winner of the 2014 Richard Delbridge Prize – awarded to the best student in the cohort of those achieving the Foundation Degree in Financial Services.

This year’s prize, which includes a cheque for £500 and accompanying certificate, goes to 28-year-old Bank of England employee Kirsty Knott.
Kirsty completed the Foundation Degree in the summer and studied alongside her full-time role at the Bank of England. She now intends to continue her studies and gain the full Honours degree in Business Studies.

Kirsty, who lives in Essex and has worked for the Bank of England for 10 years, said on receiving the award:

“I am really delighted. Doing the Foundation Degree has really helped to consolidate my knowledge of finance and I was able to put all of that into practice at work.

“The degree also gave me the unexpected bonus of sharpening my writing skills; something which is a very good transferable skill to have.”

The Richard Delbridge Award is named after the chartered accountant of the same name who has worked in finance and banking for more than 40 years, holding senior positions including managing director and general manager of JP Morgan UK, group finance director HSBC plc, and director and group chief financial officer of National Westminster Bank plc from October 1996 until 2000.

Since 2000, Richard has held a number of non-executive director positions and was treasurer of the Open University for eight years until 2009.
Richard is a passionate supporter of increasing standards of financial capability, not just of individuals, but of those who work within the industry and so serve individual customers and clients. He has endowed a doctoral studentship at the OU researching into the issue of trust in financial services and has also generously endowed the Richard Delbridge Prize which allows us to award £500 each year to the best student in cohort achieving the Foundation Degree in Financial Services.

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