Middlesex University has partnered with global payment processing company Worldpay to deliver a Management in the International Payments Ecosystem master's – the first of its kind in the payments sector.
The first 24 Worldpay employees (pictured above with Senior Lecturer Chris Rigby, far left, and Senior Lecturer Dr Julie Haddock-Millar, far right) and recently enrolled on the course and the flexible nature of the two-year programme means they can continue to work while they study, using online tools and completing work-based assessments. All were chosen based on performance rather than past academic achievement and will study topics including payment industry fundamentals, business strategy, management perspectives and research methods.
Academics in the Business School designed the course in collaboration with the Worldpay Academy, an initiative that aims to build leadership and management capabilities.
"This unique degree allows Worldpay colleagues to combine professional business learnings with academia, enabling them to identify and research new trends that are shaping international payments," said Andy Doyle, Chief HR Officer of Worldpay.
"This is an exciting initiative for Worldpay that proves our commitment to driving innovation across the sector while helping our people develop new skills – something which is important to us.."
Commenting on the new collaboration, Anna Kyprianou, Dean of the Business School, said: "The Business School is delighted to be working with Worldpay.
"Courses such as these, where businesses collaborate with a university, do have a great impact, changing the individual's perspective and making a real difference to their role in their organisation moving forward. We look forward to developing the relationship over the coming years."
David Williams, Director for Corporate Engagement at Middlesex University, added: "It is imperative that education and industry keep innovating together in order to provide the skilled workforce our economy needs.
"A big part of this is offering different ways of gaining high-level professional qualifications. We're excited about helping talented, professional Worldpay employees get the best of both worlds; great work experience and a university master's degree."