UWTSD Welcomes Minister for Skills and Technology to Matrix Park in Swansea, to share plans for an exciting new partnership between the University and OSTC


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and OSTC were delighted to welcome Julie James, Minister for Skills and Technology to Matrix Park, to share plans for an exciting new partnership to develop Swansea’s reputation as a financial zone boasting the only trading floor outside London.

The joint purchase of the Matrix building provides soft-landing opportunities for UWTSD and OSTC to develop the concept of co-locating and collaborating in order to launch joint ventures and accelerator schemes to grow new and fledgling companies, ahead of the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

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As a global proprietary company, who specialise in trading commodities and financial futures derivatives on the world’s leading exchanges, OSTC’s presence in SA1 Swansea Waterfront with UWTSD in Technium 2, and also at its new headquarters at Matrix Park, is challenging the traditional concept of this industry being limited to the City of London.

The partnership with OSTC has already led to the development of the new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme which gives students the opportunity to integrate their academic study with intensive, industry-specific on the job training in this highly paid sector.

During the visit, the Minister met with the University to hear of the latest developments in relation to the development of the Matrix initiative with OSTC and the  University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, which will include purpose-built facilities for learning, teaching and applied research, as well as social and recreational spaces for use by the University and wider community in the heart of the city centre.

The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is to create a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.

Phase 1 of the £300 million development has already commenced to create a new facility for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, as well as new library facilities.  In addition, the University has made significant investment in SA1 through the purchase of the two Technium buildings, as well as the Cyprium Building, which are home to a range of private companies, a number of whom are already collaborating with the university to develop new products and processes.  

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Co-locating with such professional partners as the OSTC on the development of the only a range of financial products for the only trading floor outside London, CITB on the development of the Construction Wales Training Centre, NHS Wales Informatics Services (NWIS) on health related data management, as well as Power & Water on new initiatives linked environmental management, will enable us to exploit knowledge and expertise to our mutual benefit.  Together, we will create new enterprise hubs and high skill accelerator schemes to grow new businesses linked to our portfolio, develop the skills of current businesses and attract new investment into the region.

“Our partnership with the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea is crucial to enable UWTSD to support the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea in their aspirations for this key regeneration development in the region.  We are working to develop the Swansea brand as a destination of choice for international companies, as well as our home grown talent by playing our part, through the Swansea City Bay Region, to realise its ‘vision that by 2030 South West Wales will be a confident, ambitious and connected European City Region, recognised internationally for its emerging Knowledge and Innovation economy.’”

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. This space in Matrix One offers local Businesses first class office space and the chance to work with some of Swansea’s finest up and coming businesses. Please do contact us if you want to be part of this exciting development.”

Julie James, Minister for Skills and Technology added : “I was delighted to visit Matrix Park and learn more about the exciting partnership underway between University of Wales Trinity Saint David and OSTC.

“Encouraging  universities and colleges to partner with businesses in order to support innovation and entrepreneurship is key to Wales’ economic growth and something this Government is absolutely committed to.

“This partnership will also provide first class financial career opportunities right in the heart of Swansea and help to enhance the employability of students at the University of Wales Trinity St David.”

Over the past 5 years, UWTSD has, and continues to invest over £100 million of its own resources into the heart of Swansea to provide opportunities for local people and companies to access high skills development in key priority areas for the region; and to utilize those skills for the benefit of the region. The University’s strategy links with the ambitions for the region by providing the support system and skills pipeline to deliver economic impact that will lead ultimately to jobs. Building a strong city in Swansea is key for the whole region. 

UWTSD is a regional university with campuses across South West Wales through our dual sector group structure, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. The University is in a unique position to deliver cutting edge applied learning as a continuum from further into higher education.  ‘Place-making’ is at the heart of what we do at UWTSD; developing our campuses as impact hubs linking back into the city of innovation and ensuring that we respond to the economic and civic needs of our communities.

UWTSD’s new MSc Trading and Financial Markets 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.”

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 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.