Strathclyde signs new partnership agreement with Santander

Strathclyde and Santander signing event 2

The University has signed a new three year partnership agreement with Santander to provide support for future students, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The agreement was signed at the University by Professor Sir Jim McDonald, University of Strathclyde Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK.

The partnership, which began in 2011, supports entrepreneurship, widening access scholarships and international initiatives for widening access students from across the University.

It also gives a boost to the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association to support diversity and inclusion.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “We are delighted to be continuing our links with Santander and through our partnership agreement we will be continuing to work together to open our doors to those who may not have previously considered studying at university as an option.

As a socially progressive institution, we are committed to providing access to education for all people, irrespective of background.

“The partnership also provides our students with opportunities for personal development, international experiences and encourages entrepreneurial talent.”

Challenging backgrounds

Last year the partnership supported students through a range of Strathclyde programmes, including funding four annual scholarships for students from challenging backgrounds and funding for more than 30 students to gain an international experience through summer schools and projects.

Santander programmes and awards have also supported leading Strathclyde student entrepreneurs.

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, said: “Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with University of Strathclyde for a further three years and look forward to working together in providing even more opportunities which will benefit both students and the local community over the coming years.”

Santander, through its Santander Universities division, maintains partnerships with almost 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries.

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank now has partnerships with over 80 universities, providing over £10m of funding in 2018 to support university staff and students.