A new agreement between the University of Huddersfield and giant global bank Santander has resulted in a grant of £50,000 to fund international scholarships plus a range of activities that include student internships with ambitious companies.
Also, a branch of the bank has been opened at the University’s campus in a ceremony presided over by the Chancellor, Sir Patrick Stewart, who praised in particular the help and sympathetic treatment that overseas students would receive. Present too was Simon Bray, who heads Santander’s university division in the UK, and he hailed the new agreement as “an amazing example of a relationship that we have with a university”.
“We want partners like Huddersfield who are really pro-active and embrace what we are trying to do in terms of support,” continued Mr Bray. He stressed that Kiren Sirha, who takes charge of the new campus branch, has the job title University Relationship Branch Manager.
Globally, Santander has been collaborating with universities for 17 years and has signed agreements with a network of more than 1,000 institutions in 20 countries. Over the next three years it will grant a total of £32 million to UK universities alone.
Now Huddersfield has joined the network and as a result Santander will over the next year sponsor £50,000 worth of international student scholarships, student mobility awards and start-up funding, as well as part-funding a number of graduate internship opportunities.
Santander has also been sponsor of the annual awards run by the leading periodical Times Higher Education. Huddersfield is the current holder of the title University of the Year under this scheme.
Speaking at the opening of the Santander campus branch, Sir Patrick said that the University of the Year title: “Was no idle piece of self promotion” but a reflection of the fact that the Vice-Chancellor, the council, the staff and the faculty were, “passionate about education and the accessibility of education”.