Aston University in partnership with Santander

Santander signing agreement
Prof Julia King (Aston) and Luis Juste (Santander) sign new partnership agreement
09 May 2012 

Aston University has signed a three year agreement with one of the world’s largest banks, Santander, to provide support for the University’s future students, researchers and entrepreneurs.

The agreement was signed by Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University and Luis Juste, Director Santander Universities UK at a ceremony held at the university.

Under the partnership, forged with Santander Universities global division, Aston University will join a group of over 1,020 universities in Asia, America and Europe that have the support of Santander.

With an agreement focusing on international mobility of both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers, support for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, international student exchange, and a contribution to assist with the “Language for all” programme, Santander Universities aims to increase the contacts between Aston and Latin-American universities.

Professor Julia King said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Santander. The international scholarships they will be providing will allow recruitment in new areas and help bring further diversity to our already multicultural/multinational campus which welcomes students from over 120 countries. We remain a University which has a reputation for producing the most employable graduates, and with Santander sponsoring 10 Aston students on placement years abroad as well as supporting our University-wide language programme, our strong reputation will undoubtedly be enhanced.”

Aston University consistently ranks amongst the top 30 universities in the UK. The University is also considered the best outside of London for graduate employability according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2012.  Over 70 per cent of Aston students are involved in a placement year/pre-registration year or a year abroad.

Luis Juste, Director Santander Universities UK said: “We are delighted to welcome Aston to the big Santander Universities family. Thanks to this agreement students and academics will benefit from what it is the most important network of its kind in the world. Today, Aston and Latin-America are just a little bit closer and I am certain that this agreement will allow Aston to establish strong and lasting contacts with other universities that have already partnered with Santander.” 

Santander has committed itself to invest £500 million in higher education in the next 5 years. In the UK alone Santander has signed agreements with 58 universities since 2007 and the bank has confirmed that this number will increase in 2012.

For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University email

For more information about Santander Universities please contact Carlos Leira, Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK,

Notes to Editors

About Santander Universities

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 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 Global Division maintains a stable alliance with over 1,020 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 fifty-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.