Celebration of Abbey research and study collaboration

6 July 2009

Chairman of Banco Santander Mr Emilio Botín came to UCL to meet researchers and students whose work has been supported by the bank and to discuss future collaborations on 30 June.

Since March 2007, UCL has been a member of the Santander Universities network, which includes 700 academic institutions in Latin America, China, USA, Spain, Portugal, Russia and the UK.

Over the past two years, the company has funded a number of schemes at UCL, including grants enabling UCL academics to carry out international research collaborations with other members of the Santander Universities Network, and the Abbey ‘1-UCL’ Excellence/Endeavour Scholarships, which reward outstanding achievement or endeavour by UCL students in a non-academic field relating to UCL as a community.

Abbey Chairman with UCL students

Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (Academic & International) welcomed the visitors, describing Luis Juste, Director UK and Portugal, Santander Universities and Jose Rojo, Director of the UK Santander Shareholder Department, both regular visitors to UCL, as members of the UCL family.

Professor Worton said: “UCL’s relationship with Abbey Santander is very important to us in terms of developing our global outreach, particularly in South America.  We are also enormously grateful for their belief in, and contribution to, our Global Citizenship and community engagement activities.”

In his speech, Mr Botín highlighted that there are currently more than 1,300 people in Santander Universities working to ensure that the collaborations between universities grow stronger every day.  He also emphasised the importance of the role of universities at a time when globalisation is present in every aspect of our everyday life.

In his response, Professor Malcolm Grant, Provost and President of UCL, stressed the fact that Santander and UCL share a vision and values.  He reminded the audience of UCL’s commitment to work on four Grand Challenges to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, adding that these can be addressed properly only through collaboration between universities, between countries and between disciplines. 

To find out more about the projects supported in the latest round of Abbey Research and Collaboration Awards, follow the link at the top of this article.

Image: Emilio Botín (centre), Chairman of Banco Santander, meets UCL students and staff