Data and Statistics: Bloomberg

What is Bloomberg and how do I use it?

Bloomberg is a global financial markets database providing economic and business news, analytics, real time pricing for over 5 million securities world-wide. It also includes extensive historical pricing and stock charts.

A "getting started" guide has been created by Bloomberg and provides an overview of, and how to navigate and search, the resource.

Upcoming Bloomberg events

Getting Started with Bloomberg

An introduction to the financial markets database, covering: what’s available, booking a terminal and setting up an account, how to find your way around, and how to get help.

Monday 15th January 12-1
Monday 29th January 12-1
Monday 12th February 12-1


Using Bloomberg with Excel

Covering exporting data from Bloomberg, downloading the Excel add-in, importing data using the Excel add-in, accessing templates, the basics of using formulas to build functions.

Monday 5th February 12-1


Bloomberg Bootcamp: certification time

An overview of the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) e-learning module including what in comprises of, how you can access it, and how BMC certification could improve your employability - including information on the Bloomberg Talent Search (BTS).

Thursday 11th January 12-12:30
Thursday 8th February 12-12:30

Learn to use Bloomberg: Certification

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an e-learning programme available online to members of the public at a cost, but free to students via the Bloomberg terminals in the Financial Resources Suite on Floor 1 of the Library.  The programme helps you learn to use Bloomberg through an exploration of financial market concepts. It is an 8-10 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 4 modules – Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities.  You will get a certificate upon completion.

To get started…

  • Log into a Bloomberg PC using your usual details, then double-click the green Bloomberg icon.  Click on 'Enter or Go to start' to see the login screen.
  • If you have already registered enter your username and password, otherwise choose the option for creating a new login
  • Once you are logged in, type in the function code BMC and hit ‘GO’ to get you to a page where you can get more information and sign up.

Another, older, certification programme, the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training programme (BESS), is still available, but not developed anymore.  Type BESS and 'Go' on the Bloomberg terminal for more details.

Booking a Bloomberg terminal

Access to Bloomberg is only available on campus. There are currently 10 Bloomberg terminals at Brunel University Library, which are located in the Financial Resources Suite on the first floor of the Library.

Each slot is one hour long, and you can book up to a week in advance. The PCs are available to book during the following hours in term-time:

  • Monday - Friday: 9am – 2am
  • Saturday: 9am – 2am
  • Sunday: 9am – 2am

(Access to the Financial Resources Suite has been extended from 10pm to 2am on a trial basis.)

NB: Please ensure you book a terminal to guarantee your session. All bookings will have priority.

Financial Resources Suite drop-ins

The Business and Economics and Finance librarians, Alice Cann and Kanwal Virdee, hold drop-ins in the Financial Resources Suite (Library floor 1) to help with finding data in any of our resources:

Tuesday 2-2:30 - with Alice

Thursday 2-3:30 - with Kanwal

These won't run every week due to other commitments - check on Twitter for details.