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Another Cass student wins prestigious actuarial prize

For the second year running, a Cass MSc Insurance and Risk Management student has been awarded a prestigious research prize by the major global reinsurer SCOR UK. Each year SCOR offers two prizes to reward the best academic papers in the field of actuarial science and risk through its Actuarial Awards.

On this occasion, Tom Hoad received the prize for his MSc dissertation, which made out the case for an entirely new form of insurance product to cover credit risk.

The SCOR Awards aim to promote actuarial science, to develop and encourage research in this field and to contribute to the improvement of risk knowledge and management. Tom received his award from Chris Daykin, former government actuary and chairman of the prize committee, at a recent ceremony.

Tom, who is now part of the enterprise risk team at specialist Lloyd’s underwriting firm Kiln, said: “I am delighted to have won the award and wish to thank all those who supported me through the process. The MSc course at Cass was the perfect academic platform to complement the skills I developed at work.”

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University of Leicester involved with mapping public attitudes to climate change
Understanding how public attitudes to climate change have been shaped by discussions, debates and controversies is to be the focus of a new University of Leicester research project involving academics from the UK and the Netherlands.

Public debates about global warming have been marked by slow periods of agreement and concern on the topic, punctuated by peaks of intense interest and, at times, scandal. Established research expertise will be examining what brings about these phases, the way in which individuals and organisations shape public opinion, the role of language in discussions and the impact of social and technological networks on the debate.

The project will investigate public interest in climate change from 1992 to 2010, examining the communication of global warming both across longer periods of time and at specific points of intense scrutiny — from the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 to the aftermath of ‘Climategate’ and the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen 2009 and beyond.

Professor Brigitte Nerlich of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Nottingham and Dr Nelya Koteyko in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester have previously studied the linguistics of the debate surrounding global warming and the impact of political labelling. From VU University Amsterdam, the Dutch academics — led by Dr Iina Hellsten — have centred their previous work on public hype triggered by events like the outbreak of epidemics and use in the media of words such as ‘Frankenfood’.