14th October 2016, 8:39am
International opportunities for students and staff as Lincoln renews partnership with Santander
Santander Universities agreement Students and staff will benefit from new international scholarship opportunities, research grants and entrepreneurial activities thanks to the extension of a major strategic partnership between the University of Lincoln and banking group Santander.

The University of Lincoln has signed an agreement with Santander Universities Division which will provide £150,000 of funding over the next three years. The agreement will support three key themes: scholarships, entrepreneurship, and travel grants to develop research and collaboration with global partners. It will also help to deliver a new programme of internships placing talented new graduates with local small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

The Santander Universities Division was launched in 1996 by the Santander Group to support international higher education. So far, it has donated more than €1 billion to universities across more than 20 countries through scholarships, mobility grants, support for special projects and academic and non-academic awards to universities across the globe.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to extend our strategic partnership as a proud member of Santander Universities Division for a further three years. This relationship creates new opportunities to pursue research and collaborate with academic colleagues around the world, funds international student scholarships, and gives students the chance to develop their CVs and gain valuable workplace experience with small and medium sized businesses.

“I am excited to see what the next three years will bring with the great potential for international collaboration the Santander Universities Division provides opening new doors for our students and staff.”

The signing marks a three-year extension of the University of Lincoln’s status as a member of the Santander Universities Division.

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, said: “The event at University of Lincoln has been an excellent opportunity to showcase how Santander is supporting the university community. We are delighted to see that our partnership with the University has helped so many students and researchers since we signed our first agreement in 2013. The meeting has also sparked new opportunities of collaboration and all of us at Santander Universities are looking forward to continue strengthening our partnership with the University.”

During the past three years, mobility grants from Santander have supported dozens of researchers to travel to locations in which Santander operates. Medieval historians from Lincoln’s School of History & Heritage were able to travel to Spain to inform new research into the politics of 12th century Europe, while scientists from Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences have conducted field visits and developed new collaborations with colleagues in South America.

Santander student scholarships have supported talented students from four different continents to study at the University of Lincoln in subjects ranging from Business Studies to Forensic Science. Support for the University’s internship programme has helped to place talented graduates in local SMEs across a range of industries with many going onto be offered permanent positions.

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Businesses interested in recruiting a graduate intern can discuss the support available with the Careers & Employability team at the University of Lincoln. Contact Lesley O'Donnell at lodonnell@lincoln.ac.uk, 01522 837828 or visit www.uolcareers.co.uk