Chartered Insurance Institute partners with UWE Bristol

Insurance Business Magazine | July 18, 2019

There will now be a post-graduate MSc Risk Management and Insurance course at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Launched in partnership with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the one-year programmed is designed to prepare graduates for senior roles in the industry by facilitating the development of core skills in risk management and insurance practice. Representatives from major insurers and brokers will be on hand to deliver guest lectures, and work shadowing will also be allowed. In addition, strategic leadership skills will be gained through the course as well as a deep understanding of the contemporary business environment. “Drawing on our longstanding links with employers, the CII, and wider industry, graduates will learn from industry practitioners and apply their learning in authentic industry contexts,” noted Debbie Sturge, department academic director in the university’s Bristol Business School.

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More traffic Nationwide, vehicle miles driven increased 3.3% year-over-year in the first half of 2016 and is now at an all-time high.1 More vehicles = higher frequency of crashes. Distracted drivers. One-quarter of crashes involve drivers talking on phones or texting.2 Escalating medical costs. Medical care costs are climbing more than 1.5 times faster than other costs.3.

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More traffic Nationwide, vehicle miles driven increased 3.3% year-over-year in the first half of 2016 and is now at an all-time high.1 More vehicles = higher frequency of crashes. Distracted drivers. One-quarter of crashes involve drivers talking on phones or texting.2 Escalating medical costs. Medical care costs are climbing more than 1.5 times faster than other costs.3.

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Socotra | October 28, 2022

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SECURIAN FINANCIAL | September 30, 2022

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