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REACH your potential

Our REACH events are designed to encourage greater diversity in the banking and finance sector.

Next event: REACH: Mature learners in Banking and Finance 


What is REACH? 

Through REACH we support the progression of under-represented groups in the banking and finance industries. We invite you to join the conversation, listen to REACH champions working in the industry, hear their stories and how we can encourage change and diversity together.

We are currently still planning our future REACH events and are yet to decide if these will be on campus or virtual. Once this has been confirmed we will send updated details. If you have any questions or want to give us some feedback on session being on campus or virtual please get in touch with us at outreach@libf.ac.uk.

Our events currently focus on:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students
  • Female students
  • Mature students

Upcoming REACH events: 

REACH: Mature learners in Banking and Finance 02 July 2021 

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REACH: Women in Banking and Finance 05 November 2021

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REACH: Supporting diversity in Banking and Finance (BAME students) 18 Feb 2022

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Supporting diversity in the banking and finance sector

Watch our short video with highlights from our most recent REACH event for women. If you have any questions or suggestions on our REACH events, please get in touch at outreach@libf.ac.uk.


Listen to a podcast from our last REACH event featuring Jagdeep Rai, the Regional Director at HSBC, discussing career progression and diversity in Financial Services.

Example Programme

REACH: Supporting Diversity in Banking & Finance



Arrival and Registration
Our Managing Director Hema Tank will welcome you to our REACH event  


Risk Management taster lecture  
Mel Houllier will deliver a taster lecture on risk management and discuss her career journey in the sector 
11:45 Diversity in the workplace: importance and key challenges 
Join our keynote speaker Bhavna Mistry,  Client Account Management & Business Advisory at Natwest. Bhavna will discuss her career journey to date and the issues and challenges she has faced working in the industry


Refreshment break   
Take 15 minutes to get a drink and listen to one of our graduates discuss his journey into the industry
12:30 Graduate Panel session 
Sandra Edwards, Head of HE Programmes will lead a panel of industry professionals on their career journeys and top tips for success. Our panel includes: 

Samantha Zhou, Investment Risk Analyst at Santander Asset Management  

Sabrina Jarret, Premier Team Relationship Manager at Barclays  

Ahmar Asif, Business Associate at Wellington Management  


Our degree programmes 
Our HE Recruitment and Admissions manager will explain how you can get involved in our degree programmes
13:30 Finish

*This schedule is subject to amendments 

Speed networking
A chance to ask your questions and network with speakers from the day. 
Speed networking
A chance to ask your questions and network with speakers from the day. 
Speed networking
A chance to ask your questions and network with speakers from the day. 

What our students say

"I took a year out from working to go travelling, but now it’s time to get back into the working world. I actually graduated in Biochemistry but now I’m considering a career in banking and finance. I initially enrolled in the Diploma in Financial Advice at The London Institute of Banking & Finance, but I’m debating whether that is the correct step. So, I came to REACH to see what other pathways are available to me."

- Thurkka, REACH: Mature Learners

"My favourite part was the industry panel - all of the speakers were so inspiring! Hearing from them made me feel confident about my choice to study banking because we actually found out what it's like to work and grow in the sector."

- Ayesha, REACH: BAME Students 

"I always thought of bankers, especially senior ones, as older men! But, seeing so many women that are enjoying successful careers in the industry makes me more determined to study towards my own future in financial services."

- Katie, REACH: Female Students 



Get in touch

If you have any questions about the event please email outreach@libf.ac.uk or call +44 (0)207 337 6293/4. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event!