Santander and Queen Margaret University have signed a new agreement to continue their partnership, meaning the collaboration has reached the £1million mark.
The latest funding commitment from Santander will enable QMU deliver a variety of new support initiatives, including widening access scholarships, student mobility, community engagement and outreach, and entrepreneurship.
The new three-year agreement also means that Santander will be supporting the Queen Margaret Children’s University (QMCU) for the first time, including at Musselburgh’s Burgh Primary in East Lothian.
QMCU aims to promote social mobility by providing learning activities outside normal school hours. Though open to all, it particularly looks to reach children and families facing socio-economic and educational disadvantage.
Over the last 10 years, Santander’s partnership with QMU has provided support for over 400 staff, students, SMEs and charities. Students have received Santander scholarships; QMU staff and students have received research and mobility funding; students, graduates and local SMEs have participated in the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme and local charities have received Community Awards.
“Our partnership is a great example of how two very different institutions can work together and run joint programmes that help both our students and also support our local community.”
Funding has also been used to increase the University’s international reach, develop links with the local community, encourage research and teaching, and enhance employability for QMU students and graduates.
QMU was the first university in Scotland to become a partner of Santander.
Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of QMU, said: “Santander has played a key role in shaping the University now and in the future, ensuring we continue to make progress in our core goals associated with social justice, outstanding research and teaching and providing an excellent student experience.
“We look forward to our partnership going from strength to strength in the future, including benefitting the next generation of students through the Queen Margaret Children’s University.”
Director of Santander Universities UK, Matt Hutnell, added: “Our partnership is a great example of how two very different institutions can work together and run joint programmes that help both our students and also support our local community and I’m delighted to be renewing our agreement with Queen Margaret University.”
For more information about the partnership between QMU and Santander Universities, click here.