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Sheffield Hallam University has today (Wednesday 19 July) signed a three year funding agreement with Santander, that will create support for scholarships and enterprise.

Santander Universities was launched by Santander in 1997 with the primary aim for universities to share goals of internationalisation, transfer of knowledge and fostering of entrepreneurial skills.

This new agreement marks the 83rd partnership for Santander Universities in the UK. The Bank has established partnerships with over 1,200 universities in 20 countries.

The partnership will support:

  • Scholarships for students to help them gain global experiences through international work placements;
  • Entrepreneurship activities, including a number of financial awards for student-led businesses
  • Widening participation to develop the skills and confidence of students from backgrounds that have traditionally low participation in higher education.

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, visited the University today to sign the agreement. He also met students and staff who will support the project.

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: "We are grateful for the support Santander has pledged to the University and believe it will have a significant impact on our students.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the University to work with a forward thinking organisation like Santander to promote the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding."

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Sheffield Hallam has signed up to be a partner with Santander Universities during their tenth anniversary year of partnerships in the UK.

Matt Hutnell, Director, Santander Universities UK, said:"We are delighted to welcome Sheffield Hallam to the Santander Universities network. We are committed to working with Higher Education institutions and through this new partnership we will be able to collaborate to help both students and staff at Sheffield Hallam."

For press information: Jo Beattie in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email