FinTech Deep Dive Resources

20th September 2021

Funded Project:
Business Engagement Sector ‘Deep Dives’

The FinTech Deep Dive project is one of four sector-specific reviews undertaken by Aspect’s Business Engagement Community of Practice (COP), which aim to explore and map out what good practice looks like for social sciences business engagement with these sectors.


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The FinTech Deep Dive project was led by a team from the University of Bristol and the University of Glasgow. Interviews with FinTech start ups and scale ups highlighted companies often have good links with their local Unis and an awareness of the value of social sciences, but also face challenges in knowing how to access and get the most benefit from complex University systems.

A workshop with FinTech representatives from across the UK, further dived into company needs in relation to social sciences, and University engagement more generally. Following the workshop, priority areas were identified and ranked. The Fintech Deep Dive guide provides these findings as a guide for Universities when engaging with FinTechs around social sciences.

The outputs of the project include four videos (see blow) an article (coming soon), and a guide covering the key themes (coming soon).

  • FinTechVoices: What can social sciences offer?

Institution: University of Bristol and University of Glasgow

FinTech companies from Scotland and the SW of England outline how they use social science expertise, with examples across student internships, graduate recruitment, enterprise and collaborative research projects with Universities.

  • FinTech Voices: The value and challenges of University collaboration

Institution: University of Bristol and University of Glasgow

FinTech companies from Scotland and the SW of England outline their frustrations but also the benefits to industry when collaborating with Universities across skills/careers, research and teaching.

  • FinTech Voices: FinTech Founders

Institution: University of Bristol and University of Glasgow

Hear from FinTech founders in Scotland and the SW of England, including what drives them and what made them start the company, plus how their companies evolved, and the challenges they have overcome.

  • FinTech Voices: Career Opportunities

Institution: University of Bristol and University of Glasgow

Gain insight into the latest social sciences skills needs and career opportunities within FinTech, with comment from a range of FinTech companies from Scotland and the SW of England.

To Unlock the True Potential of Fintech we Need More Social Scientist Engagement

Institution: University of Bristol and University of Glasgow

This project investigated how social scientists can contribute more actively to the development of the FinTech sector.  This report shares a summary of the findings that emerged, revealing a mixed picture highlighting promising early-stage fintech-social science engagement, tempered by a recognition of the challenges small organisations face working with the university social science base.

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