Press Releases 2016

New University of Wales Trinity Saint David partnership gives students access to the largest trading floor in the UK, outside London

14.06.2016

An exciting new partnership between UWTSD’s Swansea Business School and OSTC will give students access to the largest trading floor in the UK, outside London – in Swansea’s SA1.

The Technium 2 building is home to OSTC’s Welsh office. As a global proprietary company, who specialise in trading commodities and financial futures derivatives on the world’s leading exchanges, their presence in Swansea is challenging the traditional concept of this industry being limited to those in the City.

Technium 2 building, OSTC's Swansea offices

Through the partnership, graduates studying UWTSD’s new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme from September (2016) will have the unique opportunity to integrate their academic study with intensive, industry-specific on the job training.‌

This latest development is at the heart of UWTSD’s £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter, to create a learning-centred community for the University and for its academic, business and cultural partners.

The new programme has been developed to meet the demands of the financial trading sector and can lead to a Master’s degree in Trading and Financial Markets. It will also further establish Wales as a growing centre for this highly specialised sub sector, creating a significant number of skilled jobs that will enable graduates to remain in Wales to follow their careers and also attract the brightest talent to Wales.

Roger Maidment, Dean of Business and Management said: “UWTSD and Swansea Business School is committed to the employability of its graduates and working with OSTC has provided us with a unique opportunity to co-create a postgraduate programme of study that completely integrates academic study and practical application from the outset. Meaningful training linked to real career opportunities whilst achieving a postgraduate award is a tangible expression of the skills-pipeline at the heart of the Swansea innovation Quarter in SA1.”

UWTSD, founded in 1822 as Saint David’s College, is the oldest degree-awarding institution in England and Wales, after Oxford and Cambridge, and Swansea Business School has been at the heart of Swansea for more than half a century.

Committed to developing creative, skilled and employable graduates. The Faculty’s postgraduate portfolio concentrates on higher level skills developed as part of continuing professional development and career progression.

Roger Maidment added: “Providing new opportunities for our students in a fast-changing world is important and this new course is an excellent career opportunity for those interested in financial markets and trading. The programme offers students from all subject backgrounds the opportunity to train to work in the financial sector.”

In just over 15 years, OSTC has become one of the leading trading companies in the world. Today they have over 450 people in 14 offices globally including the UK, Poland, China, Russia and Spain. Their success is focused on hiring and developing talented individuals, from a wide range of academic backgrounds, and helping them to become highly successful traders.

The Swansea trading floor gives traders and MSc students alike access to a large product mix of commodity and financial futures markets on the world’s leading exchanges, as well as global company resources ensuring an unbeatable learning experience. Holders of the Investors in People Gold Award since 2012 OSTC pride themselves on a collaborative, supportive and professional environment.

Ryan Orton, Managing Director of OSTC Wales, said: “By investing in the training and development of our graduates as well as accessing new markets and innovating new techniques, we have developed a unique, risk averse approach to trading which provides consistent, sustainable results while making us a partner to the exchanges as one of their key liquidity providers.”

“Our success has changed the traditional concept of locating proprietary traders in London and Chicago. OSTC delivers a professional environment for talented traders, providing an opportunity to actively participate on the global financial markets. We are continually looking for new opportunities and this collaboration with UWTSD offers us a potential new talent pool, whilst allowing us to support a local university in providing something different for their students.”