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The Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence

Background:

Open Banking is currently the most significant global trend in financial services and financial technology (FinTech). Launched in the UK in 2018, Open Banking is a pioneering initiative to rebalance markets in favour of consumers by using shared financial data through secure open Application Programming Interfaces to increase competition and innovation, leading to better products and services.

Open Banking is driving opportunities for collaboration between FinTechs, banks and universities to create innovative new data-driven services. The UK is a global leader with first mover advantage in Open Banking which has potential to become a cornerstone of the UK’s digital economy.

Crucially, Open Banking is now evolving into Open Finance, taking into account other areas of Financial Services such and Pensions, Investments and Insurance.  Open Finance will  also begin to link directly into other sectors, creating new opportunities for products and services, for example there is a need to better understand the opportunities and impacts of this financial data evolution for society, the economy and the environment.

The Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence (GOFCoE) is being established in Edinburgh to provide leadership, coordination, research and capability to support this rapidly evolving phenomenon.

 

Mission

Building on developments in Open Banking to date, GOFCoE has the following mission:

‘To safely unlock the potential of customer data as a force to improve lives’

 

Objectives

Hosted by the Edinburgh Futures Institute, supported by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and led by the University of Edinburgh, the Financial Data and Technology Association  and FinTech Scotland, the Centre will deliver six key objectives:

  • Catalyse financial data collaboration in a trusted environment to enable research and innovation, thus accelerating industry adoption of Open Finance at scale
  • Decrease time-to-market and development costs, thereby improving start-up survival, attracting inward investment, securing jobs and creating export opportunities
  • Train new talent to enable sectoral expansion
  • Undertake data-driven research to create knowledge of financial behaviours and deliver wider social and economic benefits for all
  • Work with regulators to establish ethical standards and best practice to ensure public trust
  • Build local, national and international partnerships to achieve financial sustainability

 

Progress

  • 2019 H1 – Initial development of idea and small funding bid to support
  • 2019 H2 – Building delivery team and partners, request for funding, developing business plan and proposition
  • 2020 H1 – Early use case adoption, potential scale up

 

 

Contact for enquiries: gofcoe@ed.ac.uk