Cranfield University and Santander Universities have renewed their partnership, signing a new three-year agreement on 11th September 2018.

The funding from Santander will be used for bursaries to support women studying STEM subjects, international research trips, internships in small and medium-sized companies and grants for student start-up companies. The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship and Cranfield University Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC) will also receive funds to encourage entrepreneurship both at the University and in the local area.

Santander Universities has supported students at the University for over five years offering financial support and advice and the only bank to have a branch on Cranfield’s campus.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, said: “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Santander. Their generosity will help us support more women into STEM careers, help students to start their own businesses and gain research experience across the world.”

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, said: “Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK and we are proud to continue our partnership with Cranfield University. Our agreement provides opportunities for students to foster entrepreneurship and employability and we very much look forward to this relationship developing further over the next three years.”

Santander, through its Santander Universities division, maintains partnerships with over 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries. In 2007, the scheme was launched in the UK and now has partnerships with 84 universities.

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