The first Worldpay graduates after their graduation ceremony with their Middlesex tutors at Central Hall Westminster
The first students to ever be awarded a master’s degree in Management in the International Payments Ecosystem graduated this week after two years of study at Middlesex.
17 Worldpay employees have combined their existing professional knowledge of the international payments industry with additional academic research and teaching offered by Middlesex staff.
They also developed core competencies in leadership and management.
Meeting future business needs
The Worldpay cohort of 2015 received their graduation certificates from Professor Tim Blackman, Middlesex University’s Vice Chancellor, at the University’s first Winter Graduation at Central Hall in Westminster.
“We strive to make sure that everyone with the potential to benefit can access higher education, and that higher education demonstrates its value by driving productivity and growth," he said.
“With a strong track record of work and practice-based learning, Middlesex collaborates with industry leaders such as Worldpay to develop higher qualifications that help to address the UK’s skills shortages.
“I’m very proud of the Worldpay students who have graduated with a Middlesex University master’s degree today. I have no doubt they will make a significant and positive impact to Worldpay, to the payments sector, and to the economy.”
"Middlesex transforms lives with our long history of working with businesses to meet the needs of the future,” Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University
Investing in people
Andy Doyle, Chief HR Officer at Worldpay, joined Professor Blackman in congratulating the new graduates.
“Creating our own master’s programme over the past two years has been an incredible journey, culminating in today’s celebrations with our first graduates,” he said.
“They are an absolute credit to Worldpay and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the tremendous support of Middlesex University and the Worldpay Development Team.
“If you invest in your people, the return is truly exponential.”
Worldpay employees continued to work while they studied, using a mix of online, face-to-face and workplace study.
In line with the Middlesex University ethos of transforming potential into success, the Worldpay graduates were chosen for the two-year master’s degree programme based on their performance rather than past academic achievement, and studied topics including payment industry fundamentals, business strategy, management perspectives and research methods.