Two students have won awards for their work during an innovative new funds law course taught at NUI Maynooth. The investment funds industry is a growth area for jobs in Ireland, employing about 12,000 people. NUI Maynooth hopes that its new funds law course, launched earlier year, will open opportunities for its graduates.
Andrew Norry and Tomás Nolan were presented with their awards on 30 September at the offices of Dublin law firm Matheson. Andrew Norry won the prize for best overall student, winning a 6-month internship at Matheson.
Andrew said, "For my generation of graduates, jobs are hard to find, so I am delighted to get such a great start on the career ladder. The investment funds industry is an area of real opportunity for Irish graduates and it's great to have taken part in the first funds law course ever taught in an Irish university."
NUI Maynooth partnered with Matheson to create Ireland's first-ever funds law course earlier this year. In a unique collaboration between academia and industry, Liz Grace of Matheson designed the course and taught the students at Matheson's docklands headquarters every week. She is Visiting Professor in Funds Law at NUI Maynooth.
Tomás Nolan, who won the 500 best-essay prize, said, "The funds law course was extremely well organised and delivered. It provided valuable practical insights into an area of law which is becoming increasingly important in Ireland. I feel the course will be very beneficial to my future career."
Matheson's Liz Grace said, "Ireland is...