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Financial services in Scotland spans over 300 years thus developing a strong infrastructure including; nearly 86,000 people directly employed, a strong academic research base and a supportive political environment. Overall, Scotland is recognised as one of Europe’s leading financial centres with Edinburgh being the UK’s second financial centre after London, and Europe’s fourth by equity assets.

Scotland has hundreds of world leading academic experts and facilities across a range of disciplines such as economics, mathematics, accounting, informatics, engineering, business and computing which are of benefit to the Financial Services sector. Are you aware of the current research being undertaken in this key sector?

  • Risk Assessment, Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Asset Risk Management, and Optimal Maintenance Strategies to further enhance the quality and understand financial risk management.
  • Algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing.
  • Database management systems and high-performance computing – the development of high performance methods for risk calculations to highly detailed data mining analyses.
  • Informatics database systems and theory.
  • Market Research – accounting and financial markets research to create practical application of accounting, finance and investment.
  • Methods to improve security and fraud detection.
  • Frameworks to assess client attitude to risk.
  • Computer Engineering – development of financial computing engines to process complex financial models in a fraction of the time required by existing software approaches.
  • Mobile networks and security - exploring not just the technology but how people interact with it and how it impacts society.
  • Economics - macro-policy modelling, and central bank independence.


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