Financial Services
& FinTech

We support people and organisations to be adaptive, innovative and futures-focused.

Four firms explain why fintech collaboration is key
Free online SHort course: DATA Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation

Taught by leading experts in data science, AI, information law, science and technology studies, and responsible research and innovation.

Co-create futures

Shape thinking

Develop Knowledge

Nurture talent

Make change

We use design and futures thinking approaches, underpinned by data-driven innovation, to tackle complex challenges and create sustainable and ethical solutions for business and society.

In a rapidly transforming world how do we address challenges like the transition to Net-Zero, customer confidence, product innovation and the ethical use of data and AI technologies, all within an increasingly complex regulatory and policy environment?

Our collaboration opportunities are designed to bring academic and industry expertise together to develop your innovation capacity and create better futures for business and society.

Get involved with:

Long-term strategic partnerships

Research and innovation projects

Education, training and development

Student challenge projects

Sector-focused events and networking

Design thinking workshops

Futures-focused facilitation and consultancy

We build better futures through world-leading research innovation and knowledge creation.

We work with the world’s top researchers, developing deep expertise in areas critical to the rapidly transforming financial services sector: from artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and the ethics and explainability of AI, to credit risk, portfolio optimisation, and capital markets. Our expertise is underpinned by core themes of climate and sustainability, ethical and data-driven innovation, and addressing financial vulnerability and wellbeing.

Get inside the minds of some of the leading thinkers navigating routes to better futures at Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Building future skills and knowledge for financial services and fintech.

We are helping the sector address complex challenges like climate change, poverty, local and global inequalities, and the ethical use of data and AI. Our range of postgraduate programmes is designed to build and share knowledge across sectors and disciplines. We also offer custom executive education for teams and organisations.

We offer two programmes which have been specifically designed to support the future workforces of financial services and fintech companies:

Executive education

Our executive education and professional development courses are designed to challenge, inspire, and transform your thinking.

Invest in the next generation to help tackle the complexities of our future world.

The future workplace is interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and challenge-led. Our students graduate with the ability to interrogate issues of global scope and complexity, and with the creative and entrepreneurial mindset to problem-solve that is vital for building better futures and shaping the future of the financial services and fintech industry.

We have lots of exciting opportunities to connect our diverse and talented students with a range of professional and sector-specific experience.

You can propose student projects for our MSc Finance Technology and Policy degree focusing on fintech or for any of our interdisciplinary MSc programmes.

We are helping the financial services and fintech sector build better futures.

Edinburgh Futures Institute is one of six Data Driven Innovation hubs at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. We are part of a regional power-house for collaboration and data innovation with industry partners.

Our innovation ecosystem is designed to support the sector with various aspects of challenge-led, data-driven innovation that delivers economic, social, cultural, environmental, and ethical impact.

Find out about some of our current collaborations and projects.

Innovation ecosystem

With expertise and facilities to help financial services and fintech sectors become more innovative through data, we offer specialist innovation and co-creation services – delivering new value, outcomes, and transformations for people, communities, organisations and society.

Explore more of the innovation ecosystem at Edinburgh Futures Institute:

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In focus

The Centre for Investing Innovation is a strategic partnership between global asset management company abrdn and the University of Edinburgh. It is addressing challenges facing the investment and asset management sector, including how to improve demonstrable societal benefit.

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The financial services sector faces a range of challenges, but working with externals to innovate with purpose is key to meeting them, writes Ksenia Grant, Director of financial services and fintech sector engagement

The Edinburgh Centre for Financial Innovations, in collaboration with external stakeholders, exploits the big data and computational evolution in financial services for societal benefit. 



Executive Education Programmes showcased at FinTech Symposium 2023

The Executive Education team from Edinburgh Futures Institute and the University of Edinburgh Business School attended the UK Fintech Symposium, where they showcased University of Edinburgh’s Executive Education programmes.


Leveraging FinTech for public good: The Edinburgh Centre for Financial Innovations 

In June 2023, the Edinburgh Futures Institute launched the Edinburgh Centre for Financial Innovations. Under the leadership of Professor Gbenga Ibikunle, the centre seeks to consolidate the University’s existing strengths in financial technology research to promote responsible and impactful innovation.


New Finance Centre Focuses on Purpose-Driven Innovation

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The Edinburgh Futures Institute is celebrating the announcement of a new collaborative partnership across the University’s Data Driven Innovation platform.

Become a member

New tenancy and membership opportunities coming 2024/25.

We can create better futures

Edinburgh Futures Institute works across financial services and FinTech supporting corporates, SMEs, start-ups, regulators and policy makers – in Scotland, in the UK and globally.. We’d love to discuss potential collaborations and opportunities and how we can innovate together.

Meet the lead

Tobi Schneider

Sector Engagement Manager
(Financial Services & Fintech)

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Examples of organisations we collaborate with:
Visit Abrdn website
Visit NatWest website
Visit FinTech Scotland website

Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.