University challenge

Lucy Mair joins Morgan Stanley for the bank's University Community Impact Challenge to find out how the bank is inspiring students to support local charities

On a bitterly cold morning in January, three teams of students from the London School of Economics, University College London and the University of Bristol have made their way to Morgan Stanley's Canary Wharf headquarters.

Last autumn, the global investment bank invited students at the three universities to participate in projects for local charities with the aim of making a difference to their communities, strengthening the links between the universities and local organisations, and helping the participants to develop new skills.

The Challenge was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all degree disciplines. Morgan Stanley selected six to eight students from each university to form a team and work with a nominated local organisation and mentor from the bank to complete a demanding project.

The teams have now come to present their projects to a panel of Morgan Stanley executives, who will judge them on the impact they've made in their community, the sustainability of their project, and their teamwork and presentation skills. With an insight day at Morgan Stanley, dinner with the bank's senior management, and a