St Mary’s University in Twickenham and Santander have signed a new three year partnership agreement, that will set up, among other activities, scholarships for students to study at the University.
The agreement was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Francis Campbell, Javier Rogla, Global Head of Santander Universities and Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities in the UK at a ceremony held at St Mary’s University.
The ceremony was attended by Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Rt Hon Ruth Kelly, as well as other members of the University and representatives of Santander.
Through this new partnership, Santander will fund: scholarships for students from Brazil to study at St Mary’s; internships within local SMEs; and provide funding for the annual careers show.
The banks’ financial support will also enable St Mary’s students to develop their entrepreneurial skills, by providing funding to support 40 students studying a Business Start-Up module at St Mary’s University Business School.
Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s, Francis Campbell said: "Santander Universities’ support will have an immediate and positive impact on students at St Mary’s. We thank Santander for its commitment to the University and look forward to working productively together.”
Matt Hutnell, Director, Santander Universities UK, said: "We are delighted to welcome St Mary’s University to the Santander Universities network. We are committed to working with Higher Education institutions and through this new partnership we will be able to collaborate to help both students and staff at St Mary’s University prosper."
Santander Universities was launched by Santander in 1997 with the primary aim for universities to share goals of internationalisation, transfer of knowledge and fostering of entrepreneurial skills. This new agreement marks the 82nd partnership for Santander Universities in the UK. The Bank has established partnerships with over 1,200 universities in 20 countries.