When considering an Industry Placement as part of your Masters qualification, we understand the nature of applying for an industry project requires the appropriate support. We offer challenging industry projects, academically reviewed, that offer an important and meaningful placement experience at the beginning of your career.
SFRA are committed to removing barriers for both Industry Partner and Students to achieving a challenging and rewarding placement experience.
SFRA Group Members
The Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA) formed a new initiative with the representative body for Financial Services in Scotland, Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) to create the SFRA Group in 2019.
The SFRA, founded in 2010 by a consortium led by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, is run by the Academic Director Professor Gareth W. Peters, Chair Professor for Statistics in Risk and Insurance at Heriot Watt University, and administered through the two founding universities.
By connecting the SFRA and the two universities with SFE the efforts of both academia and the financial services industry within the remit of risk management have been combined and strengthened. The intended goals are to continue to bring to bear on industry practice rigorous approaches to modelling as well as knowledge transfer in training the next-generation of financial risk, insurance, data science and fintech sector professionals.
The SFRA Group was established in March 2019 as a working group of SFE with Dr John Taylor, President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Partner at Hymans Robertson, appointed as the group’s current Chairperson. In this role he will lead the steering committee of this new combined initiative.
Chairperson: Dr John Taylor
Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Hymans Robertson
John is currently President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the UK-based professional body with over 30,000 members worldwide. John is leading the greater use of data science and technology within the profession.
John has spent the majority of his career in commercial leadership roles for a variety of product providers, including as Managing Director at NEST. He has innovated throughout his career to create propositions that deliver for customers.
Most recently, John has been working on “robo-advice”. This involves making actuarial modelling accessible and meaningful to consumers as they seek to make sense of the financial options available to them.
Academic Director: Prof. Gareth Peters
School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Heriot Watt University
Prof. Gareth W. Peters is the 'Chair Professor for Risk and Insurance' in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Previously he held tenured positions in the Department of Statistical Sciences, University College London, UK and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Prof. Peters is also an elected member of the Young Academy of Scotland in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (YAS-RSE) and an elected Fellow of the Institute of Operational Risk (FIOR). He was also the Nachdiploma Lecturer in Machine Learning for Risk and Insurance at ETH Zurich in the Risk Laboratory.
He has made in excess of 150 international invited presentations, speaker engagements including numerous key note presentations. He has delivered numerous professional training courses to c-suite executive level industry professionals as well as numerous central banks.
He has published in excess of 150 peer reviewed articles on risk and insurance modelling, 2 research text books on Operational Risk and Insurance as well as being the editor and contributor to 3 edited text books on spatial statistics and Monte Carlo methods.
Director: Graeme Jones
Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) Chief Executive
Graeme Jones was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2016.
Graeme’s role focuses strongly on working across the SFE membership to understand the industry’s diverse needs and external influences which shape the choices of its customers. Working with the membership, other industry bodies and partners, Graeme represents the needs and views of the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels.
Before joining SFE, Graeme has held a number of senior posts in some of the UK’s largest financial services organisations. His most recent post was Senior Partner – Banking and Financial Services at Experian and prior to this he has held the posts of; Head of Distribution for Aviva, Head of Regulated Sales at RBS Group and Manager of Strategy and Operations at Standard Life.
Graeme is a graduate of Aberdeen University, is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.