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Wealth management company Fairstone to recognise student success in new three-year partnership

Newcastle University Business School and the School of Computing have committed to a new partnership with the North East-based firm which will recognise top-performing students.

10 March 2023

Newcastle University Business School and the School of Computing have committed to a new partnership with wealth management company Fairstone. The three-year partnership with the North East-based firm will recognise top-performing students.

Investing in talent

Technology-leveraged business Fairstone is one of the UK’s fastest growing wealth management houses. With more than 40 locations countrywide, it is an engine room for developing youth talent.

Fairstone is a large employer in the North East and regularly recruits Newcastle University graduates. This new partnership aims to forge further opportunities to develop graduate roles.

Fairstone CEO Lee Hartley said: “As a business, we are committed to investing in and nurturing young talent. Over the past few years, we have been building links with universities across the region, bringing in graduates to support their development and giving them valuable industry experience and a crucial first step on their career ladder.


“In turn, this has opened up a strong pipeline of enterprising individuals who have the right skills, attitude and cultural fit for our business – over the past two years, one in five of new roles across multiple functions have been filled by graduates and we are looking to significantly grow that figure.

“We see this new partnership with Newcastle University as playing an important part in that, supporting the high calibre of their business and computing graduates and providing relevant, real world employment opportunities at Fairstone.”

Student awards

Fairstone will sponsor a number of student awards as part of the new partnership. These will recognise students for their hard work on their programmes.

The awards for the Business School include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance (top performing student)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (top performing student)
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance (top performing student)

The School of Computing awards include:

  • Year 1 – Fairstone Stage 1 Outstanding Performance Prize (five students)
  • Year 2 – Fairstone Stage 2 Team Project Prize
  • Year 3 – Fairstone Stage 3 Dissertation Project Prize

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean of Newcastle University Business School, said: “We’re delighted that Fairstone will support both the Business School and the School of Computing at Newcastle University for the next three years. Fairstone is very much a success story born in the North East, built on the sort of commercial knowledge and advanced technical skills that are taught and researched within the University.

“We aim to build relationships with great businesses like Fairstone that add value to the rich learning and research environment at Newcastle University, while also ensuring businesses can meet their own ambitions for growth and sustainability. We’re delighted to welcome them as a partner.”

Recruitment schemes

Fairstone runs a number of successful Intern and Graduate recruitment schemes in the North East. These already covered Business Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM). The expansion into Computing and Information Systems (CIS) underpins the firm’s focus on technology and investment into grassroots tech talent.

Dr Gary Ushaw, Director of Business and Engagement at Newcastle University’s School of Computing said: “The School of Computing is thrilled to continue working with Fairstone, and we very much welcome these prizes for our talented students. The agreement confirms the high quality of graduates in Computer Science and their ability and preparation for careers across all digital sectors.”

The launch of Fairstone’s technology graduate pathways is a new initiative for 2023. It covers everything from infrastructure and cybersecurity to software engineering, digital product analysis and design.

Fairstone Chief Technology Officer, Greg Horton, added: “As a technology-leveraged business, I am delighted to forge this new partnership with Newcastle University and build on the great work we have done to date, providing valuable inroads for talented graduates in the region and opening up exciting new career paths.”

You can register your interest in the apprenticeship and graduate schemes at the Fairstone careers website.

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