Heriot-Watt, 10th Scottish university to partner with Santander Universities

Heriot-Watt, 10th Scottish university to partner with Santander Universities

United Kingdom, 16th September 2014-. Scholarships, travel bursaries and internships are among the activities that Heriot-Watt University will benefit from as part of the partnership agreement with the Santander Universities Global Division signed recently. The three year agreement, which amounts to £40,000 per year for a three year period with an additional £16,700 to support internships in the first year, will focus on international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and travel requirements of students and researchers within universities that already partner with Santander. The partnership will also enable Heriot-Watt to develop and strengthen collaborative links internationally as well as create new opportunities for staff and students.

The funding will enable current students in receipt of a bursary to progress to Post-graduate study as well as offering travel bursaries for PhD students to visit overseas universities which are partners of Santander Universities.

The support will enhance the student experience, provide support and opportunities for students and staff to broaden their research activities and, through further developing the University’s international network, help to translate research into practical application.

The agreement was signed by Professor Steve Chapman, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University and Simon Bray, Director, Santander Universities UK, with representatives from Santander and the University witnessing the event.

Professor Steve Chapman said, “Entrepreneurism is key to all of Heriot-Watt’s teaching and research, underpinned by an international network of strong relationships with business and industry. This agreement with Santander Universities exemplifies both of these elements, and we are delighted at the additional support and opportunities it offers to our students and to research staff.

Simon Bray, director Santander Universities UK, said, “We are delighted to welcome Heriot-Watt University as a new UK partner. This partnership will allow students to study and carry out research overseas as well as give them the chance to take a first step in the job market. This is a long term agreement which will bring a wealth of benefits to the University.

About Santander Universidades
Santander Universities is part of the Global Division Santander Universidades of Banco Santander. The bank, through Santander Universidades, maintains more than 1,100 collaboration agreements with universities and research centers worldwide.

Since 1996, Santander Universities has been the focus of the bank's social action with an investment of more than 1 billion euros in different initiatives and university projects. Further information: www.santander.com/universities.

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