Postgraduate project awarded prize in Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
Over 50 Vice-Chancellors of UK universities attended the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony held at London’s Royal Opera House on 4 July 2012 and organized by Santander’s Universities Global Division. Ana Botín, CEO of Santander UK and Lord Burns, Chairman, Santander UK also welcomed prominent figures from the financial, academic and political spheres including David Willetts, Minister for Universities, and Science and Professor Eric Roberts, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
In the Postgraduate category, James Jardine (Robinson 2009) was awarded third prize for Qiqqa.com
– a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Santander UK’s CEO Ana Botín announced changes to the Santander Universities programme that will benefit higher education in the UK - to mark the fifth anniversary of the scheme in the UK, Ms Botín announced that the bank will commit £7 million to support UK universities during 2012. At a time when budget cuts are affecting the Higher Education sector, she highlighted the role universities play in economic recovery: “Your ideas, your innovations, your students will drive economic growth. We need you to be the world’s engines of progress and invention. We need you to incubate the enterprises of tomorrow.”
More information about the University and Santander can be found here
. A list of all the universities in the Santander UK Universities programme can be found at: www.santander.com/universities
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 through which universities from all over the world can meet and discuss key issues.
‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank now collaborates with 60 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.