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£225,000 invested into student careers development

The University of Roehampton has renewed its partnership with Santander Universities UK until 2020 which will see the bank donate a further £225,000 for career development initiatives, scholarships and study abroad bursaries.

Posted: 1 March 2017

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Professor Paul O'Prey CBE and Matt Hutnell sign the new agreement between the University of Roehampton and Santander Universities UK

For the first time, the agreement will also fund initiatives designed to support Roehampton students and graduates wishing to start their own business.

The agreement was signed at an event on 13th February, hosted by Roehampton's Chair of Council Sir David Bell and attended by staff, alumni and students, as well as local businesses which have employed Roehampton students through the Santander-funded internship scheme. Fiona Razvi, Director at Wimbledon BookFest, spoke of the value of the partnership and discussed her positive experience of employing Roehampton interns.

At the event Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, commented, "We've had a long and successful relationship with Roehampton. The programmes have grown in size and popularity over the last seven years and it's inspiring to hear about the impact the scholarships and internships have had on students' lives. One intern was quoted as saying 'treat any internship as a permanent job and the employer will want to keep you whenever possible, and it's that drive and ambition that we're keen to support and will continue to do so at Roehampton."

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul O'Prey CBE said, "We are enormously grateful for the continued support from Santander Universities, which funds many important programmes, including our Career Mentoring Scheme and a range of paid internships. These are terrific opportunities that help to prepare students for work, and gain invaluable experience. This renewed agreement will mean many more students will be able to benefit in the same way in the years to come."

More than 500 students and recent graduates have benefited from over £500,000 worth of funding since the University first partnered with the bank in 2010. Of those, over 100 students have undertaken paid internships with 110 SMEs across south west London, including Wimbledon BookFest and Battersea Arts Centre.

The funding from Santander Universities UK has also supported the development of the Career Mentoring Scheme, run online through Roehampton Connect. Over 230 students have benefitted from advice from experienced Roehampton alumni, including CV review, work shadowing and career planning.

By 2020, over £725,000 will have been invested into student careers development with Santander's support.

To find out more about mentoring please contact mentoring@roehampton.ac.uk, for internships contact careers@roehampton.ac.uk and to find out how you or your business can get involved with the University please contact development@roehampton.ac.uk.

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