Middlesex University was delighted to host Santander Universities’ annual end of year meeting and networking event. Over 64 universities and 100 guests attended the evening gathering where they heard more details about Santander Universities’ new Vision 2020 strategy.
The aim of the strategy is to provide impactful, diverse and inclusive support to higher education, driving a legacy of sustainability through a focus on education, entrepreneurship and employability.
The Santander team also announced two new products: Santander X, which is a platform for enterprise and entrepreneurship, and Santander Becas, a platform to manage and track scholarships.
In his welcome speech, Professor Tim Blackman, Middlesex University’s Vice Chancellor spoke about the life changing impact the funding and scholarships Santander Universities UK donates has on our students. The scholarships have enabled these students to experience and undertake activities which would often have been beyond their means.
“Taking part in the internship has opened a lot of doors for me. I am able to go back to my place of work in the future to do more work experience if and when needed. I made some great friends and work colleagues that I hope to work with in the future.” Tabitha Hope, MDX BA student in Fashion Communications and Styling
Since its partnership with MDX began in 2010, Santander Universities have provided MDX students with in excess of £750,000 worth of funding. A huge number of MDX students have benefited from Santander scholarships over the years, particularly those from a widening participation background.
Tabitha Hope, a BA student in Fashion Communications and Styling, received an Internship Scholarship and said: “Taking part in the internship has opened a lot of doors for me. I am able to go back to my place of work in the future to do more work experience if and when needed. I made some great friends and work colleagues that I hope to work with in the future.”
Olabisi Apata-Johnson, BA in Business Management, received one of the five Social Mobility Scholarships and added: “The Santander Mobility Scholarship has contributed positively to my studies. I was able to buy all textbooks and other materials needed for my learning. However, these materials are not just relevant now but will also be useful to me in the future.”
Santander Universities was set up in 1996 by Emilio Botín, who recognised that universities play an important role in society. Santander Universities now has close to 1,200 university partners spanning across 20 countries and has donated more than €1.6 billion globally since 2002.
In 2007 the scheme was launched in the UK where it now has partnerships with 84 universities; by the end of this year it will have given £80 million to them.
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