Santander Universities opens new branch at City University London
Chairman Emilio Botin officially opens newest university branch
Santander Universities opened the newest branch of Santander at City University London in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Northampton Square yesterday. The event was attended by Santander Chairman Emilio Botin, Head of Retail Distribution for Santander, Charlotte Hogg, Dean of Cass Business School, Richard Gillingwater and Vice-Chancellor of City University London, Professor Paul Curran.
After the ribbon cutting, the party gathered in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at the University for the signing of a renewal agreement between City and Santander cementing the corporate partnership between the two.
Since 2007, in a partnership initiated with Cass, Santander has supported students with a range of scholarships at both post-graduate and under-graduate level. The scholarship scheme now extends across all of the University's academic schools.
Dean of Cass, Richard Gillingwater, welcomed Emilio Botin and stated "On behalf of City, Cass Business School is very proud and privileged to have worked with Santander since 2007 and is delighted and very grateful for their continuing support."
Emilio Botin responded by saying "Santander is extremely grateful to City University London for their belief in Santander's commitment to education. We at Santander are convinced the scholarship scheme is the best way to support socio-economic progress."
Santander has invested over £250,000 in scholarships at City since the initial agreement in 2007, supporting over 30 students in their studies. Many of the students who have benefitted from the scholarships both past and present were at the ceremony yesterday and had the opportunity to speak with Mr Botin and share how the scholarship had helped them.
Amongst the students was Joana Mourao Goncalves, who is studying a full time MBA at Cass and was awarded £10,000 towards her fees through the Santander scheme. She said "I recently got married and this scholarship from Santander has been so important to me at this stage of my life, it has allowed my husband to move to London with me from the beginning of my MBA."
Teresa Badi Ulmer, MSc Management student also at Cass added "The Santander scholarship has given me the opportunity to concentrate on my studies. I feel honoured for being chosen and for the opportunity to take part in the renewal of the agreement between Santander and City University London."