Welcome Message

Dear CR Students,

Congratulations on being admitted to the LLM(CR) programme! For the 2021-22 academic year we have 10 full-time and 61 part-time students in the programme. In addition, we have 64 part-time students in their second year of the programme.

The programme, now entering its sixth year, continues to develop and respond to the needs of our students and to the wider expectations of not only the industry but also society. Reflecting the latter, the programme has repeated its success last year in attracting the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme under which 9 Fellowships will be awarded. Congratulations to those students selected for this year’s Fellowships.

Student composition. As usual, the CR student body is comprised of individuals from a range of backgrounds including from the financial services industry, the professions (lawyers, both newly graduated and practising, and accountants), our regulatory and enforcement agencies, and so on. This brings to the programme a variety of knowledge, viewpoints, experiences and expectations that I hope you will all make the most of in your interactions both in and out of the classroom. It also presents an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, and others, in the spirit of academic enquiry.

Getting the most out of it. I expect many of you have taken the programme to bolster your careers in one way or another. While this is laudable, each year I see too many students take too narrow a view of what they can gain from the programme. A typical example of this would be the student who wishes to take courses of immediate relevance to their current job. As a tertiary level, postgraduate study experience, the programme should be viewed as an opportunity for you to look wider and deeper into issues that affect the area of regulation and compliance, i.e. areas that you might not otherwise have a chance to be exposed to. Understanding the forces that move the “tectonic plates” of regulation and compliance will provide you with a knowledge and understanding that will serve you well into the future – regulation and compliance will continue to be reshaped by such forces. Accordingly, you should be prepared to look outside your immediate comfort zone to areas that will maximize your learning opportunities.

Over to you. So, you have made it into the LLM(CR) programme – many applied to the programme but few were accepted. How are you going to make the most of the opportunity? Some suggestions: Do the assigned readings, then go and do some more outside the assigned readings. Interact in class, ask questions, challenge viewpoints that you disagree with and be prepared to examine your own viewpoint. Discuss material with your fellow students, and bring the discussions back into the classroom. If you do all this, you will get more out of the programme.

Good luck with your studies!

Syren Johnstone
Executive Director of the LLM(CR) Programme

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