Month: November 2020

Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) continued on 14 October its ‘An interview with…’ series, hosting modern-day renaissance man Yogesh Patel, MBE.

Patel, an award-winning (trilingual) poet, journalist, writer, accountant, activist, and qualified optometrist, discussed a range of fascinating topics with Dr Stephen O’Brien, GBS’s Communications Director and Editor of The London Magazine.

Recounting his engrossing journey – from his arrival in the UK, when he was detained at Harmondsworth’s immigration detention facility, to the present day, when this year he was included on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to literature – Patel offered a plethora of invaluable insights and advice on career progression, perseverance, and how to live a full life.

Speaking of his initial difficult period in the UK, Patel said that “rather than sulk, I started thinking about the future” – and what he wanted to do with his life.

Within days of his release Patel had landed a job at luxury department store Harrod’s, eventually moving on to opticians chain Dollond & Aitchison where, despite being a certified optometrist, he took on a role he was overqualified for, as he had to wait until completing his conversion courses to practice optometry in the UK.

“Sometimes one has to compromise,” said Patel. “Changes in life happen, and you can’t just sit back. Some of your students might also come across this – in their careers as well. It’s just a part of life. The key thing is to get over it and start working on it.”

Patel then joined the pharmacy chain Boots, then set up his own practice and, in the 1970s, began writing poetry.

Since then he has published several poetry collections in English, Hindi and Gujarati, a collection of short stories, and a Hindi phrasebook. He has recorded four LPs, written for film and radio, and also been involved in activism, founding the non-profit organisation Skylark Publications, which seeks to promote and publish unrecognised diaspora writers and poets.

After a varied and exciting career, Patel offered this advice as his recipe for success:

“Basically, what happens is that in life everything is difficult – a struggle. One has to be able to adjust to changes. The key thing is to prepare, to acquire skills, to work hard, to learn, to see how others are doing things. All that adds to your repertoire. If you don’t do it, then the rest is just a dream.”

GBS’s ‘An interview with…’ is a series of interviews featuring a host of industry experts and leaders in their fields. It aims to provide inspiration, insights, and words of wisdom and encouragement for students and others. GBS promises a line-up of fascinating speakers and topics over the coming months.

Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) hosted on Friday, 13 November the final of its 9th Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad, an event that attracted hundreds of business students from around the world to compete in a gruelling three-stage contest for a coveted £1,000 prize.

The Olympiad aims to prepare students for a career in the financial services industry. In previous years, the competition was won by teams from prestigious universities such as the University of Cambridge, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, and the Polytechnic University of Milan.

This year’s competition was won by a team from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi – the first time a team from India has picked up the prize.

The first stage of the competition tested students’ theoretical knowledge in the form of an online assessment. For the second stage, teams were provided with a recent Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) case study, where they were required to produce an investment rationale including valuations and financial projections. Finally, the top 10 qualifying teams were asked to present their pitches for the panel of judges.

This year, due to the current global pandemic, final pitches were conducted online. GBS’s judging panel hosted the event live from its Republic campus in London, overlooking Canary Wharf.

Speaking at this year’s event, Dr Vishwajeet Rana, GBS’s Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “I would like to thank my colleagues who even during a time of lockdown managed to make this event such a success. As you know, many events this year have been cancelled, so this is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.”

“A great amount of credit also goes to the participants. We as an educational institution are mindful of how hard it has been for you as students to manage your studies during this time. I was very impressed with how well all the different teams collaborated and with their level of knowledge. You have all done great work, and from what I’ve seen today I would say that all of you are now ready to pursue a career in the financial services sector.”

Poorvi Gupta, the St. Stephen’s College team leader, said: “I think we all agree that this entire process was really wholesome and, at the same time, multidimensional. It made sure from the very beginning that we understood the concepts of finance and only then did the judges ask us to make the valuation models. So I think the way the competition is structured is really good. Overall, it was an absolutely great learning experience.”

GBS would once again like to congratulate the winning team:

St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (New Delhi, India)
Poorvi Gupta (team leader)
Shlok Bhartiya
Niranjani Saxena
Shreya Murarka

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Dear students,

I am writing to you following the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday, 31 October announcing tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday, 5 November.

So, what does this mean for you, our students?

The Prime Minister’s announcement has made it clear that schools, universities and colleges should remain open during this time and subsequent guidance received from the government has stated that there should be no changes to current provision.

Therefore, throughout this second national lockdown we will continue to offer both in-person and online classes exactly as we have been doing so far this term (unless different guidance is received from the UK Government). The exception to this is our Manchester campus, which has switched to 100% online teaching since last month following the Tier 3 restrictions announced in the city (this will continue until we review all campus provision at the end of the lockdown period).

We want all of you to continue with your studies, including attending lectures. We are of course aware that many of you are understandably concerned about the spread of the virus so we would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe at our campuses.

I know that this year has been tough on many of you, so I want to let you know that in addition to your education, your physical and mental wellbeing remains our priority. I therefore encourage you to take full advantage of all the pastoral support we offer.

If any of you are experiencing any difficulties during these stressful times and need any support, counselling, or even just a chat, please email our Welfare team at: (You can also take a look at the Student Space platform, which contains some information on how to seek support during this time.)

The Minster of State for Universities has written a letter that she would like to be sent to all higher education students in which she outlines the importance of us continuing to provide you with high-quality educational experiences and, in particular, the value of face-to-face provision. I have attached this letter to my email. Please do take the time to read it.

To continue our support for your learning we have added online catch-up sessions for all programmes in all subject areas and on all levels. These sessions are scheduled for Fridays. Please see your timetable for details.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful way you have conducted yourselves at our campuses during the past months and in following our Covid-19 measures. We could not have maintained the safety of our campuses without your help.

Stay safe,

Professor Ray Lloyd
CEO, Global Banking School