Santander offers grants to help small businesses take on Nottingham students

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Small and medium sized businesses in the East Midlands are set to benefit from grants of £1,500 to help them employ University of Nottingham students.

The Santander Internship Programme, launched by the Bank through its Santander Universities Global Division, will provide 10 grants to businesses in the region who want to employ students for a 12 week internship, starting anytime up until the end of June 2013. The grant from Santander represents 50 per cent of the student’s salary, with the business funding the remainder.

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Small businesses benefit from student expertise
Luis Juste, Director Santander Universities UK, said: “I am very pleased that The University of Nottingham has agreed to take part in the Santander Universities internship programme. Small businesses can really benefit from the expertise of students. 

"They can add significant value by for example, working on an important project or piece of research that the business would not normally have the time to undertake. In addition, they also inject fresh, innovative ideas to help give the business a competitive edge.”

A range of programmes for local businesses

Speaking about the programme, Mike Carr, Director of Business Engagement at The University of Nottingham, said: “We are very keen to support local businesses and have a range of programmes to do this. The Santander internship programme adds to this portfolio of support activity and means that local small and medium sized companies have even more incentive to take on a talented University student to help improve their performance.”

“We are keen to talk to any businesses that are interested in taking part in the Santander internship programme, or would like to find out about the range of services that we offer to businesses.”

A long-standing relationship with Santander

Nationally, Santander’s internship scheme is offering over 500 students the opportunity to work in small businesses.

The University has a long-standing relationship with Santander since the signing of a collaboration agreement in 2008.

If you would like to discuss the Santander Internship programme, please contact Steve Upcraft in our Business Engagement team, on 0115 748 4 555, or register your interest for the programme here.

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More information is available from Nick King, Marketing Projects Manager, Business Engagement and Innovation Services, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 2184,; or Tim Utton, Deputy Director, Communications, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 846 8092,
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. 

About Santander 

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with over 1,040 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 66 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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For more details, contact Steve Upcraft in the Business Engagement and Innovation Services team, on 0115 748 4555.
Nick King  

Nick King - Marketing and Communications Manager, Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 74 86727 Location: Coates Building, Faculty of Engineering, University Park Nottingham

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