A new agreement between Huddersfield University and global bank Santander has resulted in a grant of £50,000 to fund international scholarships plus a range of activities that include student internships with ambitious companies.

The agreement also includes the opening of a new branch of Santander on the university’s campus. The branch was opened by university chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart, who praised in particular the help and sympathetic treatment that overseas students would receive.

Simon Bray, who heads Santander’s university division in the UK, hailed the new agreement as “an amazing example of a relationship that we have with a university”. In charge of the new branch is university relationship branch manager Kiren Sirha.

Santander has been collaborating with universities for 17 years and has signed agreements with a network of more than 1,000 institutions in 20 countries. Over the next three years, it will grant a total of £32m to UK universities alone.

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Over the next year, Santander will sponsor £50,000 worth of international student scholarships, student mobility awards and start-up funding at the university, as well as part-funding a number of graduate internship opportunities. The bank has also been sponsor of the annual awards run by the Times Higher Education. Huddersfield is the current holder of the title University of the Year under this scheme.

Sir Patrick said that the University of the Year title “was no idle piece of self promotion” but a reflection of the fact that vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan, the university council, the staff and the faculty were “passionate about education and the accessibility of education”.

The new Santander agreement will result in three £5,000 Master’s scholarships each year for students from Brazil, the USA, Canada, Russia or Ghana. They are awarded on the basis on academic excellence.

There will also be up to 35 Santander awards to help Huddersfield University students undertake short study trips to partner universities across the world and the Santander Student Entrepreneurship Awards will provide funds to support entrepreneurial students and graduates.

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