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, 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.