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Education News: News in brief

Student reception at Maclaurin House
Over 70 students on postgraduate actuarial courses at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh attended a drinks reception at Maclaurin House on 21 October. Alan Watson, Faculty honorary secretary, welcomed attendees and staff were on hand for questions about membership, subscription and library services.

New book on life insurance mathematics from CUP
A new textbook, Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingent Risks, by David Dickson, Mary Hardy and Howard Waters, has been published in the Cambridge University Press International series in Actuarial Science. See www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521118255 for details.

This book is available through the Profession’s libraries or can be purchased from the Profession’s publications shop.

International Actuarial Symposium
Professor Angus Macdonald, of Heriot-Watt University, was a keynote speaker at the First International Actuarial Symposium, held at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, on 23 October. He gave a talk entitled ‘Actuaries and quantitative risk’. The slides are available through the library catalogue on the Profession’s website.

New MSc shortlisted for award
Heriot-Watt University’s new MSc in Quantitative Risk Management was shortlisted for Scottish Financial Enterprise’s prestigious Annual Innovators Awards, an award sponsored by The Scotsman newspaper. The theme of Innovators 2009 was ‘Recognising new thinking’.

Forthcoming editions of AAS and BAJ
Watch out for the latest editions of Annals of Actuarial Science and British Actuarial Journal, due to be published soon.