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‘FinTech’ partnerships following academic-business engagement workshop

(30 November 2017)

Five new collaborative research projects are now being developed, following the Faculty’s first ever ‘FinTech’ themed event last week.

The event, which was led by the Faculty Business Engagement team, brought together academics from four Humanities Schools with participants from the financial industry to address Fintech – the application of new technologies to financial services and transactions. One of the projects will address the financial ‘wellness’ of people in different age groups, helping financial companies to develop products and services that will be of most use to people in the future. Another project is looking to enhance PIN security.

FinTech is a fast-developing new sector combining innovative technology start-up companies and traditional financial services companies, with whom the business engagement team have been increasing engagement in recent months. It offers opportunity for new inter-disciplinary activities and the event saw participants from Alliance Manchester Business School, School of Law, School of Environment, Education and Development and School of Social Sciences join with colleagues from the Schools of Computer Science and Maths.

The event was hailed as a great success by business and academic participants alike. Mark Davies, from Barclays, commented: “It was really good to see how The University of Manchester is actively embracing FinTech and collaborating with North West enterprises.”

Associate Dean for Business Engagement and University academic lead for FinTech, Dr Andrew James, said: “This event helped to establish key partnerships with industry partners that will ensure that our academic activity in this area maximises impacts on business and society. We’re now planning a major conference for Spring 2018 involving major financial services institutions including the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury as well as banks and FinTech specialists”.

Business Engagement describes any collaborative working with non-academic partners, which might include research, teaching, placements, CPD or facilities sharing. For advice and support on any of these activities or relationship building with new partners, contact the Faculty Business Engagement Team via the Business Engagement web pages.

The Faculty of Humanities Business Engagement Support Team (BEST) comprises Dr Andrew James, Associate Dean for Business Engagement and External Relations, Shanta Aphale, Business Engagement Manager, and Rachel Kenyon, Business Engagement Officer. If you have research interests in this area and are not currently part of the internal FinTech network please contact Rachel who leads on FinTech for the University Business Engagement Strategy Team: Rachel.Kenyon@manchester.ac.uk.