1 in 4 top UK universities offer blockchain society

A quarter of the top 50 UK universities have a blockchain society for students, new research reveals, including Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds, Bristol and Aberdeen.

The study, conducted by Discount Displays, found a total of 12 blockchain clubs for students among the schools listed in the Complete University Guide Top 50 for 2018, which is only one behind Doctor Who societies at 13.

Aaron Inglethorpe, research leader, said: “Working with so many student societies and clubs, we see many of those clubs stand the test of time, while others develop in line with external trends. Blockchain is one such trend that we’ve seen really explode this year, and it’s no surprise to see that so many of the UK’s top universities now have societies entirely dedicated to cryptocurrency.”

Cryptocurrency and blockchain has been a growing area of interest for millennials and even younger, and – despite a current lack of dedicated courses – the trend for blockchain societies at universities might pave the way for future investors and professionals in the space.

“Blockchain’s promise could lead to the next big economic revolution, though potential applications are still in their infancy,” added Owen Burek, founder and editor of student publication Save the Student. “Students are inherently forward-thinking whilst being incredibly quick to adopt new technologies.

“So it’s of little surprise to me that there is a growing trend of university societies and groups forming around blockchain. Aside from the social benefits, such groups are brilliant at developing new skills and interests, whilst bolstering future career opportunities.”

Other universities that have a blockchain society include Newcastle, Brunel, UCL, Royal Holloway University of London, LSE, Imperial College London, and Kent.