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New Strategic Partnership to Boost FinTech Scotland’s Academic Ties

Ross Kelly


FinTech Scotland Strathclyde Business

FinTech Scotland CEO Stephen Ingledew said the partnership “builds on the exciting work” which Strathclyde has been doing in the fintech sector.

A new strategic partnership agreement between FinTech Scotland and Strathclyde Business School aims to “cement the growing relationship” between the two organisations.

Signed at the Future of Fintech event on September 12th, the new partnership will foster closer ties between FinTech Scotland and the university, enabling further collaboration and support for Scotland’s growing fintech community.

Professor Eleanor Shaw, senior vice dean of Strathclyde Business School, welcomed delegates to the event and signed the strategic partnership agreement alongside Stephen Ingledew, CEO of FinTech Scotland.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Shaw said: “We are delighted to enter into a strategic partnership agreement with FinTech Scotland. Fintech is one of our key strategic priorities and we are committed to being at the heart of Glasgow – and Scotland’s – fintech community.

“Fintech is at the heart of our teaching, research and industry engagement, and this is our next step in developing and strengthening the fintech ecosystem.”

The Strathclyde Business School is home to the Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation, and in 2017 pioneered the country’s first MSc in fintech. A fintech incubator was also recently established to work closely with industry and help stimulate new opportunities for students.


Stephen Ingledew hailed the partnership agreement as an exciting step for both organisations and praised the University of Strathclyde for demonstrating “global leadership in fintech”.

“This partnership builds on the exciting work which Strathclyde has been doing in developing the fintech cluster as part of the Glasgow City Innovation District,” he said. “It includes areas around supporting fintech startups, collaboration in the industry and the development of talent across the fintech sector.”

“The University of Strathclyde has demonstrated global leadership in fintech and this is further reflected by the hosting of the first-ever fintech national network conference in October, bringing together innovators and fintech hubs from across the UK,” Ingledew added.

The fourth Future of Fintech event, held this week, explored artificial intelligence and its fintech applications. The event saw Ingledew, Prof. Shaw and Dr Phil Considine discuss key policy drivers for fintech and how its growth in Scotland can be supported.

Other talks featured at the event included Alistair Haig of the University of Edinburgh, who examined machine learning and the role of professional analysts.

A panel discussion on artificial intelligence and its impact on finance drew the event to a close, with Matthew Welstead of Listings Ledger, James Varga of the ID Co and Richard Carter of Previse participating.

For additional information on the Scotland Fintech Festival 2019, click here.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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