Sussex students and staff to benefit from new agreement with Santander

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, signed an agreement today with Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK

An agreement with global bank Santander over three years will benefit students, researchers and young entrepreneurs at the University of Sussex.

The University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing signed the agreement today (15 December) with Luis Juste, DirectorSantander UniversitiesUK, at the University’s UK campus.

With a focus on international exchange and the mobility of students and researchers within the network,Santander UniversitiesGlobal Division will fund four scholarships to overseas students from theUS,China,Brazil,ChileandMexico. In addition, ten Santander Mobility Awards will support faculty and students taking part in academic exchanges, as well as participation in conferences and symposia. The agreement will also provide five Santander Junior Entrepreneurship Associate Bursaries a year to final year master’s and doctoral to students who have shown promising entrepreneurial talent.

Professor Michael Farthing said: “Internationalism is already one of our strengths, and this agreement will help to build on our world-class reputation in research, as well as attracting some of the most talented overseas students.  I am also delighted to see the support this partnership will give to our entrepreneurs, whose energy and ideas are becoming vital in our increasingly complex economy. “

Luis Juste said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with the University of Sussex. This long-term partnership with Sussex means that the university will benefit from extensive contacts in the countries whereSantander Universitiesis present. Students and staff will have access to scholarships and grants that will allow them to take their studies and research one step further. We look forward to working together in promoting international collaboration and the exchange of knowledge in Sussex’s areas of expertise”.

The University of Sussex was placed 12th in the UK, 31st in Europe and 99th in the world in the Times Higher Education’s 2011-12 World University Rankings.  It is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary with a year-long programme of high-profile events and projects involving alumni, staff and students.  It has a long tradition of engaging with business and the community, which continues today through activities such as the Sussex Innovation Centre, public lectures and service to the community.

 Santander, through itsSantander UniversitiesGlobal Division, began its alliance with universities in 1996; since then the bank has signed 979 agreements with 15 countries, including China, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. In theUKthe network began its activity in 2007 and today 55 universities are now members.


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About Santander Universities

Through itsSantander UniversitiesGlobal 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 UniversitiesGlobal Division maintains a stable alliance with over 979 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with fifty-five 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.  

For more information please contact Carlos Leira, Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK,



By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Friday, 16 December 2011