Super College student wins F&C Investment Trust Prize

City of Glasgow College legal student, Kirstie Ann Duncan, has won this year’s F&C Investment Trust Prize.

It is the second year in a row that City of Glasgow College has won the prestigious competition.

The HND legal services student outshone university students from Bristol, Belfast, Leeds and Cambridge, to take first place and secure £5,000 for the college’s Faculty of Education & Humanities.

Kirstie secured her win with a submission that explored practical ways of overcoming financial difficulties which face young people today. These included the use of cash to keep track of spending; taking advantage of financial products; splitting costs with others to ease the burden of bills; and getting into the habit of saving little and often.

Kirstie said: “I am overjoyed to be awarded this year’s F&C Investment Trust Prize. The whole experience has given me some invaluable skills, and the knowledge to manage my own finances. As I begin my undergraduate degree later this year, money management will be more important than ever. I hope to save where possible in order to invest further down the line and set myself up for the future.”

Paul Little, Principal & Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said: “Our congratulations go to Kirstie for this tremendous achievement and we applaud the hard work she put into her submission.

“The F&C Investment Trust Prize is proving to be a great success for our college and the students who take part. As an institution, we recognise the importance of financial education and the vital skills that students must be equipped with as they enter into adulthood. We’d like to thank F&C Investment Trust for running the competition for another triumphant year.”

Kirstie drew upon her own experience of budgeting and managing money as a first-time student living away from home. She recognised the challenges facing young people as they navigate the financial burdens of early adulthood, but hoped tips and tricks and other educative methods would alleviate some of the concerns people have when it comes to money. Her successful entry can be seen here

As well as winning £5,000 for her faculty, Kirstie will spend a day at the BMO offices as part of her prize, meeting with senior executives to gain insight into the business as well as advice on finding a job after college.

Beatrice Hollond, Chair of F&C Investment Trust, said: “We are delighted to award Kirstie with this year’s prize and look forward to welcoming her to our offices when possible. This is the second time we have collaborated with City of Glasgow College and we hope this will become a thriving partnership for years to come.

“Supporting and promoting financial education is one of our core values. We believe it’s really important to encourage young people to think about their finances early on and work to meet long-term financial goals through saving and investing.”