LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) - Associate Level Certificate. Granted by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Alternative Channels in Finance, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, Masters in Finance elective
Note: this is the first UK university course on blockchain technology and was recently featured in the FT.
Course content: Over the last few years, information technology has disrupted a number of sectors including the entertainment, retail, hotel and taxi businesses. This class provides an overview of how it is doing the same thing to finance. Alternative finance is the study of any kind of financial activity that does not involve a formal financial institution such as a bank. Since the Global Financial Crisis, it has been apparent that banking is inefficient, costly, riddled with conflicts of interest, prone to unethical behaviour, and, most worrisome of all, able to generate huge crises. At its core however, finance is an information business with three basic functions: it matches savers to borrowers, it provides a payment system and it provides insurance. This course provides an introduction to how these functions are all being disrupted by alternative finance institutions.
Business & Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context (EH240), London School of Economics. Taught for two years (2012/13 and 2013/14)
Course content: this course looks at the history of British business and industry, with an emphasis on the post-war period. It examines some of the hypotheses on why the UK economy grew more slowly than other OECD nations with particular reference to the decades after the Second World War. Explanations of relative economic decline are examined in the context of comparisons with other European nations and with the US and Japan. The main attention is on recent decades, including current changes in performance, but the historical roots of Britain's poor performance are also considered. The focus is on business performance in the public and private sectors, including scale effects, multinationals' comparative performance, technology, labour management and management quality. Other factors alleged to have contributed to Britain's poor performance, ranging from 'culture' through government policy to education and trade unions, are also discussed.