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Head of Santander UK in public lectures at Swansea University and Brunel University

  • Issues and challenges facing Aspiring Entrepreneurs and UK Business.

London, 16th June 2015-. The commitment of Santander to higher education through Santander Universities was strengthened through recent visits and guest public lectures given by Steve Pateman, Executive Director and Head of UK Banking at the Swansea University and Brunel University London.

The lecture, on the topic of ‘Issues and Challenges facing Aspiring Entrepreneurs and UK Business’, was attended at Swansea by more than 120 staff, students, invited guests and members of the public, who gave Mr Pateman a warm welcome to the city.

Professor Richard B Davies, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “We were delighted to welcome such a senior figure within Santander UK to the University and to hear Steve Pateman’s thoughts during this highly engaging and interesting public lecture.

Our partnership agreement with Santander Universities enables us to not only to further develop international cooperation with institutions around the world, but also to present our students with a raft of life enhancing experiences.

This valuable partnership enables a significant number of Swansea students to enhance their employability opportunities, to develop enterprise skills and become truly global graduates.”

One of Britain's leading businesswomen Debra Williams, former Managing Director at both Confused.com and Tesco Compare, was among those who attended the lecture.

Ms Williams said: “I worked in the Financial Services Industry through the Banking crisis in 2008. The UK had not witnessed 12 months like it since 1929. Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. HBOS, Royal Bank of Scotland and many more came within a whisker of serious trouble and needed Government help.

“Even though we all lived through this period it was not until this lecture given by Steve Pateman, Executive Director and Head of UK Banking, Santander, that the sequence of events and consequences of liquidity and capital provisions were explained in such a way that it was made easy to understand what created this.

In 2014, Swansea University announced a partnership agreement with Santander, through Santander Universities.
The agreement includes four scholarships for international students studying at Swansea University and 15 travel bursaries for Swansea staff and students to visit overseas universities which are also part of the network. There is also an entrepreneurial support fund for up to 20 new student start-ups and an internship scheme which places students with local small and medium sized (SME) companies, allowing them to gain valuable work experience.

Brunel University London
Steve visited also recently Brunel University London for a similar event.

Brunel signed an agreement with Santander in November 2014, which makes it one of the most recent universities to partner with Santander in the UK. Prior to his lecture Steve met with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia Buckingham and heard about the projects that Santander will help support at the University.

Santander Universities maintains a stable alliance with close to 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. More information: www.santander.com/universities

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 78 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.

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Brunel University

Steve with the Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, members of the University and Simon Bray, Director Santander Universities UK.

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