Head of UK Banking at Santander gives guest lecture for aspiring entrepreneurs

Steve Pateman, Head of UK Banking, Santander UK visited the University of Hertfordshire on Friday to deliver a guest lecture for University staff and students on Issues and Challenges facing Aspiring Entrepreneurs and UK Business. The University welcomed the senior executive onto campus to sign up to an extended partnership agreement between the two organisations.   

The University and Santander began their partnership in 2011. Since then, Santander, through its Santander Universities UK division, has funded a wide range of scholarships, travel grants, awards and entrepreneurial activities at Hertfordshire. The University has also received funding for 60 part-funded internship opportunities with small and medium-sized enterprises through its agreement with Santander. Many of the students involved have gone on to be permanently employed by these organisations following their internships.

The signing of this new agreement means that Santander will continue its collaboration with the University for a further three years, providing additional funding for projects and internships for the University’s students.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar said:

“I am delighted that Santander Universities UK has chosen to continue its collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire for a further three years and it was a pleasure to welcome Steve Pateman to the University today. Santander’s support of our activities has been most valuable for key projects in areas such as enterprise, research and scholarships and I look forward to continuing this partnership and creating further entrepreneurial opportunities for our students.”

Steve Pateman added:

“The education provided by Universities to our future entrepreneurs is vital so that they can learn from practice as well as theory. These entrepreneurs will eventually become the business leaders of the future and they will be key to maintain a stable and robust economy. At Santander we support entrepreneurs through many different activities and its very encouraging to see how much students benefit from this support. Our partnership with Hertfordshire is a perfect example of a great relationship between businesses and universities which has the ultimate goal to benefit students.”

Mr. Pateman also officially opened the new Santander branch which has been built on the University campus and is open to the general public.

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For more information, please contact Louise Akers, University of Hertfordshire Press Office on 01707 281269, Email: l.akers3@herts.ac.uk

Notes to Editor

About the University of Hertfordshire:

  • The University is the UK’s leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector.  It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. 

  • The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,425 staff and a turnover of over £234 million.

  • With a student community of over 25,100 including more than 2,900 overseas students from 120 different countries, the University has a global network of over 175,000 alumni. 

  • It is also one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old, according to the new Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings 2014.

About Santander Universities

  • Through Santander Universities, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 18 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities maintains a stable alliance with nearly 1,200 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe.

  • This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. ‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with seventy-eight British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

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• The University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing University and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. • The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,425 staff and a turnover of more than £234 million. With a student community of over 25,100 including more than 2,900 international students from over 120 different countries, the University has a global network of over 175,000 alumni. For more information, please visit www.herts.ac.uk • The University of Hertfordshire was awarded the Times Higher Education ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2010’.

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