Abertay University has received a £25,000 funding boost from Santander UK to help support students during the coronavirus pandemic.
Santander, through Santander Universities, has supported Abertay since 2018, and has donated almost £72,000 to the university in that time.
The partnership has also led to remarkable opportunities for students, such as the chance for two women’s footballers to train at the Nou Camp last year.
Santander also provides support to Bell Street Ventures, Abertay’s enterprise centre which helps students and graduates set up businesses.
“Our partnership with Santander has already made a positive and significant impact in the lives of many Abertay students" - Abertay Principal Nigel Seaton
Abertay Principal Nigel Seaton said: “Our partnership with Santander has already made a positive and significant impact in the lives of many Abertay students, and during this challenging time this funding will make an important difference.
“I would like to thank Santander Universities for their continued support.”
Matt Hutnell, Director, Santander Universities, said: “Santander is committed to supporting higher education as well as local communities across the UK so we’re pleased that our funding is able to be redirected to where it is most needed at this critical time. Universities are doing some fantastic work to contribute to the UK’s effort to combat the outbreak of COVID-19, so we’re delighted to collaborate with our university partners in a way which increases their response effort and look forward to continuing to work with them on supporting both students and the broader higher education community with further initiatives over the coming months.”
The funding comes alongside a broader set of initiatives introduced by Santander UK in response to the coronavirus outbreak to support communities.
These include a £1milion donation from the Santander Foundation to Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society to support some of the most vulnerable people in the community following the outbreak of COVID-19 and doubling the work time that Santander employees can claim to volunteer.
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