February 15, 2018, by Liz Cass
10 years of working together: Santander Universities and University of Nottingham
A partnership with Santander Universities to support students, research and businesses is celebrating a decade of success.
The University of Nottingham joined the partnership programme in 2008 and since then it has received support via scholarships, internships and new ventures.
Ten years on they celebrated the partnership with a special event held at the Ingenuity Lab at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.
Students and businesses met with Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, and Jonathan Powell, University Relationship Director, Santander Universities UK to show how they have benefitted from the partnership.
The bank offers support through internships with local SMEs, helping the employability of young people whilst providing local businesses with access to young talent. Another element of support involves encouraging entrepreneurial activity via the Ingenuity Lab, an entrepreneurship lab supporting student and alumni-led start-ups. It also offers international mobility awards for students and researchers, while also participating in fundraising activities on campus.
Lawrence Cate who was awarded a Santander Latin America Scholarship to study in Mexico for a year said: “The impact of this opportunity has literally been life changing. I’ve worked on tech projects addressing harassment and obesity. I never would have come across these if I’d stayed put.”
Professor Shearer West Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham said: “The relationship we have with Santander has given many young people academic and workplace opportunities they would not have had otherwise. Widening access and participation is one of our key aims and we are delighted to recognise this milestone in our partnership.”
Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, commented: “Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK and we are proud of our partnership with University of Nottingham. Our agreement provides opportunities for students and staff to foster innovation and an entrepreneurial mind-set at all levels and we very much look forward to this relationship developing further as Santander Universities enters its second decade in the UK.”
Santander, through its Santander Universities division, maintains partnerships with over 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries. Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 83 British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused on promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.