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Santander Universities and University of York launch Digital Fund

United Kingdom, 16th November 2015.- Nathan Bostock, CEO Santander UK, visited the University to launch the Digital Leaders initiative aimed at York students who combine creative and entrepreneurial talent. The Santander Digital Leaders programme will give four exceptional students the first steps towards a career in digital media. This programme is supported by Santander Universities UK.

The students selected will be offered the opportunity to network as a group with organisations and individuals with proven expertise in the digital field. Some of these contacts will be York alumni and others will come from the University’s wider networks, such as employers like Twitter, Google and Microsoft as well as fast moving start-ups. Each student will receive a grant worth £1,000 to enable them to undertake training and work experience opportunities, both in the UK and globally.

The Santander Digital Leaders will present the results of their work at the Plan ENVY dinner in June 2016, where student entrepreneurs and local business leaders come together to celebrate enterprise at York.

Nathan Bostock, CEO Santander UK, said: “This new Digital Fund launched today has been created by Santander Universities in response to the growing interest in Digital technologies. This field is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK economy and universities are currently investing heavily in preparing the new generations of students to have the skills required by the job market. As one of the top UK universities with an outstanding track record of excellence in education will be some of the first to be able to benefit from this fund.”

During his visit Nathan Bostock, participated in a round table discussion with students and staff to talk about the impact that Santander has had in the University community as a result of the existing collaboration with York.

The University of York and Santander, through Santander Universities, signed a partnership agreement in 2011 which is renewed every 3 years. Santander, through this partnership, funds a wide range of scholarships, travel grants, awards and entrepreneurial activities. The University is also receiving support for 7 fully-funded 4-week work placements within SME as well as 20 part-funded 3 month internships within SMEs.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts met with Nathan Bostock to discuss new ways of collaboration between both institutions. Lamberts said: “It was our very great pleasure to welcome Nathan Bostock and colleagues from Santander to York to thank them for their generous gifts which have helped students from across the University through travel grants, enterprise schemes and internships with SMEs. I am excited to see the results of Santander’s investment in the Digital Leaders programme.”

During the day, Nathan Bostock also visited the Santander branch on campus which has been serving the University community since 2011.

About Santander Universities
Banco Santander is the largest investor in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO report – Fortune 500). This initiative is backed by Santander Universities which has 1,200 collaboration agreements in place with universities and institutions worldwide.

In 2015, Santander granted more than 35,000 scholarships, financial aid for study and professional practices, and plans to grant more than 128,800 between 2016 and 2018. The entity backs more than 3,900 university projects each year and has earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support higher education projects by 2018.

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 80 British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers. Further information: www.santander.com/universities and www.santander.co.uk/uk/santander-universities   

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Nathan with Vice-Chancellor Koen Lamberts and Jeremy Lindley, finance director, VC's office.

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