ICMA Centre

ICMA Centre

ICMA Centre
Established 1991
Type Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Executive Education, Research
Dean Prof. John Board
Administrative staff
Students ca.250
Undergraduates ca.50
Postgraduates ca.200
Location Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Campus Whiteknights Campus
Affiliations Reuters, CFA Institute, FINRA, PRMIA, EURO MTS, ICMA
Website www.icmacentre.ac.uk

The International Capital Market Association Centre (or ICMA Centre) is a centre of higher education based in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education tailored to the capital markets industry.

The ICMA Centre

Established in 1991 with funding provided by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) in Zurich through a partnership with the University of Reading, the centre is housed in a purpose-built modernist building, and was formally opened in March 1998 by Sir Brian Unwin, then President of the European Investment Bank.

The centre's facilities include three dealing rooms where students learn how markets function and apply theory through simulations. The centre also provides two lecture theatres, several seminar rooms, information seating area and café bar. The upper floor of the centre houses the administrative and academic staff and doctoral researchers.

In 2008, ICMA invested a further £5 million, which funded an expansion to the building. The extension includes the flagship 40 seat dealing room - the largest in Europe – which is sponsored in part by Thomson Reuters, as well as a 170 seat lecture theatre, new seminar rooms and a dedicated research area. The building is fitted with audio and visual technology allowing the podcasting and webstreaming of lecture content. The new building opened for students at the start of the 2009-2010 academic session.

ICMA's investment in the centre now totals over £10 million, making it the largest single corporate investment in any European business school.[1]

Dealing rooms

A round building
Thomson Reuters dealing rooms

The ICMA Centre provides three dealing rooms to complement theoretical learning.[2] In 1994, a 20 terminal dealing room was opened and then on completion of the new building in 1998 a further two dealing rooms (Reuters I and II) opened with 62 workstations running Reuters products – 3000 Xtra and the Reuters Traders product. These are complemented by the Bloomberg terminal, which provides a tool for fixed income research.

Research and project work are supported by economic and financial data from Datastream, ICMA and other sources and analytical, mathematical and statistical software. Reuters I also features a plasma screen displaying live market prices and news.

The ICMA Centre is the largest non-investment bank Thomson Reuters populated facility in the world, having a total of 112 workstations, which is the size of a medium sized investment bank's dealing floor.[3]

The rooms are training centres for traders of the future; and enable staff to combine theory and practice across activities including derivatives trading, portfolio management, risk management, financial engineering or corporate finance.

The dealing rooms are also used for computing work throughout the programmes, including Excel spreadsheet modelling, Monte Carlo simulation, financial econometrics and sessions on market microstructure.


  1. ^ RiskLab review of the ICMA Centre
  2. ^ Financial Services Directory at MoneyScience
  3. ^ http://www.reading.ac.uk/Study/Departments/icma.asp International Securities, Investment and Banking – University of Reading

External links

  • Official website
  • Official website of the International Capital Market Association