Posted: Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Group Chairman of Santander, Emilo Botin, and the University of Roehampton's Vice-Chancellor, Paul O'Prey sign the new three-year agreement .
Emilio Botin, Group Chairman of the Santander Banking Group visited the University of Roehampton today, as the Bank signed a new, enhanced agreement pledging financial support to the University until 2016.
The University signed an agreement with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, in 2010. Under the agreement, the Bank pledged a generous package of support for Roehampton students for a period of three years. Since then, the Bank has provided over £150,000 in sponsorship and awards, offering more than 60 students and academics the opportunity to pursue their studies and research, as well as providing funding to the University of Roehampton Hispanic Research Centre. The agreement has also allowed students to undertake work placements within the Bank.
The new agreement sees Santander pledging £75,000 a year in sponsorship and awards to University of Roehampton students and academics.
Beneficiaries of Santander awards have included students from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Chile and US. The Santander Scholarship and Mobility Support Fund has funded international research trips to Africa, South America and Europe and enabled the University to run range of projects including a summer education programme with Paulo Freire Institute, University of California, Los Angeles; a filming-making project in Kenya and an anthropological study of “primate tourism” in Morocco.
Welcoming Mr Botin, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Paul O’Prey, said: “It’s a great honour to have Emilio Botin here today. We are proud to be part of the Santander Universities “family” and to be able to offer our students and researchers the opportunity to receive the financial support that a Santander award or scholarship provides. Today, Emilio has met some of the grateful students and researchers who have benefited from his Bank’s generosity and learnt first-hand how this money is being put to use. We are delighted that Santander will continue to support our students and researchers in the coming years; helping them in their studies, giving a boost to their employability, and benefitting the University of Roehampton’s work in Spanish-speaking communities across the world.”