Press Release: University of Buckingham students and staff to benefit from partnership agreement with Santander

12 December 2013

Scholarships, travel bursaries and internships are among the benefits that the University of Buckingham will receive as part of a partnership agreement with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, which has been signed today.

The three year agreement, which amounts to £25,000 per year for a three year period, with an additional £7,500 to support internships in the first year, will focus on international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and international travel grants for students and researchers to go to universities in any of the 20 countries where Santander has higher education partners.

The partnership will also enable the University of Buckingham to develop and strengthen collaborative links internationally as well as create new opportunities for Santander staff and students.

The funding will enable postgraduate students to study abroad thanks to scholarships of as much as £5,000 as well as offering travel bursaries for students or research staff to study or carry out research at universities which are partners of Santander Universities.

The support will also offer five internships to students or recent graduates of the University of Buckingham to work in a small or medium-sized business.

The agreement was signed by University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Terence Kealey, and Luis Juste, Director Santander Universities UK, with representatives from Santander and the University witnessing the event.

Professor Kealey said: “The University of Buckingham is delighted to join Santander Group’s network of universities, as we welcome the Group’s sponsorship of study and career opportunities for students and staff.”

Luis Juste said: “We are delighted to welcome the University of Buckingham as a new partner of Santander Universities. This partnership will allow students to study and carry out research overseas as well as give them the chance to take a first step in the job market. I have no doubt that this partnership will develop into something both Buckingham and Santander will be very proud of.”

About Santander Universities Global Division

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with 1,040 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe.

This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. ‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with seventy-two British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

For more information please contact Diana Blamires, Publicity Officer, University of Buckingham