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Loughborough University and Santander Universities UK confirm new agreement

Loughborough University and Santander Universities UK have today signed a new agreement worth £435,000 to support a further three year partnership.

The new agreement will enable the University to offer Santander Universities scholarships and mobility scholarships to students and staff who are travelling to countries within the Santander Universities network for research purposes. Sports scholarships and sports team sponsorship are also being supported under the new agreement.

Funding will be given to student and graduate enterprise activities and to Loughborough Students’ Union to further develop their International Student Groups and encourage inclusion of students from all countries and subject disciplines.

In addition, Santander are supporting internship and placements through a donation of an additional £30,000 for 2016/17.

Since the partnership was first formed in 2008, Santander Universities UK has donated over £1.4 million to the University to fund a wide range of initiatives.

The agreement was formally signed by Loughborough University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison, and Director of Santander Universities UK, Matt Hutnell, in an event hosted by the University today.

The event provided members of the Santander Group with an opportunity to meet beneficiaries of the Santander funding to demonstrate the impact of their donation.

Professor Robert Allison commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Santander Universities UK for another three years. The relationship with Santander Universities is very special to us at Loughborough and we are particularly proud of all that has been achieved through it.

"Over the past eight years, more than 400 scholars have benefited from the partnership and Santander support. We would like to say a huge thank you to Santander Universities for their continued support. We look forward to the next three years.”

Matt Hutnell of Santander Universities, added: “After 8 years of partnership between Loughborough and Santander the benefits that this relationship has brought to the university community are widespread around campus. Loughborough is an innovative institution and has always been open to new projects from Santander such as our SME Internship programme or our support to entrepreneurs. It is this collaborative approach between both parties that has allowed this partnership to flourish.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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