Wen Peng

Country of origin: China

MSc Finance, Said Business School, Oxford University

I came to study in the UK to experience the difference between the Chinese and British education systems, and also at the same time to enjoy the traditional British life style. I hoped that my undergraduate studies would equip me with a stronger academic background for further study in the UK.

What I really liked about LUMS was the friendly atmosphere between lecturers and students. There are also a great number of electives that can be chosen from, i.e. courses from economics, management science, marketing etc. Some compulsory courses are closely related to the updated financial markets, so that from doing the coursework students can confidently apply the academic theory to real life cases.

While at Lancaster, I was involved in the Students in to Free Enterprise (SIFE) society, and assisted in the promotion of African crafts in the British market, as well as delivering business/IT workshops in Uganda for two weeks. I was also involved in the Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU), and volunteered on a ‘Voltage’ project to help local high-school students set up their own social enterprises. I was a LUMS tour guide and ambassador, involved in several LUMS events: for example a charity event and ‘open day’ event. It was also good to earn a bit of ‘pocket money’ as well!

In the summer break before my final year of study, I did an internship at Standard Chartered Bank, Guangzhou Branch, China. I assisted the departmental supervisor in the auditing of corporate applications for loans, and worked with other departments to organise the ‘Trade Forum’ for clients.

Being at Lancaster was a good opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world, to enjoy a totally different lifestyle and to progress every day by taking challenges. I would advise new students coming to Lancaster to set your goals, detailed and general ones, then try to fulfil them during your time at university. Meanwhile, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses with your friends and family.

After graduating from Lancaster I continued my studies at the University of Oxford, Said Business School, doing an MSc in Financial Economics.