Cardiff Metropolitan University in Santander Signing 

13/09/2012 09:00 


Cardiff Metropolitan University and Santander – through its Santander Universities Global Division – have signed a key agreement to create a Scholarship and Mobility Support fund, the aim of which will be to help finance both undergraduate and postgraduate students to undertake study and research both in the UK and overseas.

Staff at the university are also set to benefit from the new agreement with a number of awards guaranteed to be supported each year for the duration – a funding total of £162,000 over the next three years.

VC of Cardiff Met, Prof Chapman (left) and Santander UK Chairman, Lord Burns.
VC of Cardiff Met, Prof Chapman (left) and
Santander UK Chairman, Lord Burns.
Through this new partnership, Santander will fund both individual scholarships to candidates resident in countries within the Santander scheme wishing to study at Cardiff Met, as well as a number of mobility scholarships and awards which will be awarded to Cardiff Met students and staff seeking to conduct research overseas.

The financial commitment will also support enterprise and entrepreneurship activities across the university together with specific support provided for projects undertaken within Cardiff Met’s National Centre for Product Design & Development Research.

The agreement was signed by Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman and Santander UK Chairman, Lord Burns.

Santander Universities has now signed agreements with approximately 1000 universities across Asia, America and Europe.  The scheme signed its first agreement in the UK in 2007 and since then 62 UK universities have become partners of the bank.

Speaking about the newly-formed relationship between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Santander, Professor Chapman said:

 “We are delighted to have become a part of the Santander Universities Network.  This membership will facilitate meetings with top universities across the world and engaging in collaborative work. Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to working with Santander to the maximum benefit of all concerned -- students, staff and other stakeholders -- to ensure all parties gain the maximum benefit from this new and positive relationship.”

On behalf of Santander, Lord Burns added:

“Putting the emphasis on internationalisation and transfer of knowledge Cardiff Met has been raising the standards in UK higher education for many years. For Santander, to have this institution as part of the numerous Santander Universities family is not only an honour but also the right decision as the expertise of Cardiff Met in these fields will certainly become a valuable asset for the whole network”


Notes to Editors:

About Santander Universities

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with nearly 1,000 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. ‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with sixty British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

For more information please contact Carlos Leira, Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK,