Adam Smith Business School Prize for PhD Excellence

Published: 5 March 2018

Winners of the 2017 Adam Smith Business School prize for PhD Excellence have been announced

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Winners of the 2017 Adam Smith Business School prize for PhD Excellence based on originality, excellence and the significance of the thesis are Dr Ruolan Ouyang, Dr Hai Zhang and Dr Kim Cuong Ly. Each receives £1,000 from the School for their outstanding achievement.

Dr Ruolan Ouyang Dr Ruolan Ouyang PhD prize winner

Thesis: Essays on Natural Resource Evaluation and Management

“I am delighted to receive the Adam Smith Business School Prize for PhD Excellence. It reminds me of so many great memories in Glasgow. I would like to thank my principal supervisor Professor Christian Ewald and second supervisor Dr Konstantinos Angelopoulos for their guidance and support. I also wish to thank all faculty members and administrative staffs who make efforts to create such a pleasant research environment, which greatly contributes to the success of my study. Moreover, I am deeply indebted to my beloved family and friends. My PhD has been an amazing experience. The prize will certainly inspire me to make greater achievements in the future.”

Dr Hai Zhang

Thesis: Financing Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Hedge Funds Hai Zhang PhD prize winner 2017

“It is my great honour and privilege to receive this prize for PhD Excellence. I would like to thank my supervisors Professor Christian Ewald and Professor Mario Cerrato for their encouragement and support, without which I would never have made such an achievement at the University. I am also grateful for numerous faculty members and fellow PhD colleagues at the Business School for leading, encouraging and inspiring my PhD journey.”




Dr Kim Cuong Ly

Thesis: Banking activities, insolvency risk and mergers and acquisition: The case of different bank structures in the USADr Kim Cuong Ly PhD prize winner

“Thank you for awarding me the Adam Smith Business School Prize for PhD Excellence to recognise the significance of my Thesis and its contribution to my field of banking study. I could not have completed the journey of knowledge without the generous financial support of the Adam Smith Business School PhD Scholarship during the past three years. Receiving this prize motivates me to keep pursuing my academic career and produce more publications to contribute to this strand of research.

I’d like to express my gratitude to two outstanding supervisors, Dr Frank Hong Liu and Professor Kwaku Opong for their insightful guidance, encouragement and unlimited support. Dr Hong Liu’s passion for research inspired me to work harder and produce a high quality of research. I am indebted for his effort from the beginning until the end of my PhD journey.

I also want to send my appreciation to head of department, Professor John McKernan, for twice awarding me ‘best graduate teaching assistant’ based on my high students’ satisfaction rating in the accounting and finance department.

My sincere thanks to Dr Yannis Tsalavoutas and Christine Athorne who invited me as a guest speaker on the first year PhD study day and gave me a chance to gain experience as a PhD representative for two years. This made my PhD life in Glasgow more meaningful and unforgettable.”

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First published: 5 March 2018

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