press release
Published: 23 October 2020

University of Surrey and Santander extend partnership to help remove educational barriers for students

The University of Surrey and Santander Universities UK have signed a three-year extension to their partnership, allowing them to continue their work to remove educational barriers for students – including those from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The partnership, which began 12 years ago, aims to provide opportunities to students by offering financial support for internships and entrepreneurship, travel mobility schemes and student bursaries.

The renewed agreement will include funding for a new Diversity Award that will support Black African or Caribbean Home/UK students looking to start their first full-time undergraduate degree at Surrey.

Santander Universities UK has already provided over £1,300,000 to over 800 University of Surrey students through a range of opportunities including outward mobility awards for PhD, postgraduate and undergraduates, internships with local organisations and helping to establish new businesses through Student Enterprise. They have also helped students take advantage of workshops and events to learn new skills and improve their employment aspects.

In addition, Santander contributed £25,000 to the University of Surrey’s Student Enterprise Programme to support 30 students and their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor G Q Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “The University of Surrey and Santander share a vision of how institutions can benefit our communities. Our enduring partnership for broadening academic access, opening up business education and fostering global citizenship is helping to transform Higher Education. I am very grateful to Santander for their generous support to so many of our students, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am delighted that this strong collaboration will continue for another three years, building international ties and creating opportunities for students regardless of background or ethnicity.”

Matt Hutnell, Director, Santander Universities, says: “Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK. We’re proud to continue our partnership with the University of Surrey for a further three years to ensure we can work together in providing even more opportunities which will benefit both students and the local community, particularly during this challenging time.”

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