Digital leaders

Santander and University of York launch Digital Fund to support four exceptional students

On 30 October, Nathan Bostock, CEO of Santander UK, visited the University to launch the Digital Leaders initiative aimed at York students who combine creative and entrepreneurial talent.

The Santander Digital Leaders programme will give four exceptional students the first steps towards a career in digital media.

The students selected will be offered the opportunity to network as a group with organisations and individuals with proven expertise in the digital field.  Some of these contacts will be York alumni and others will come from the University’s wider networks, such as employers like Twitter, Google and Microsoft as well as fast moving start-ups.

Each student will receive a grant worth £1,000 to enable them to undertake training and work experience opportunities, both in the UK and globally.

The Santander Digital Leaders will present the results of their work at the Plan ENVY dinner in June 2016, where student entrepreneurs and local business leaders come together to celebrate enterprise at York.

This new Digital Fund launched today has been created by Santander Universities in response to the growing interest in Digital technologies. This field is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK economy and Universities are currently investing heavily in preparing the new generations of students to have the skills required by the job market. As one of the top UK universities with an outstanding track record of excellence in education and research York students will be some of the first to be able to benefit from this fund.

Nathan Bostock, CEO Santander UK

During his visit, Nathan Bostock participated in a round table discussion with students and staff to talk about the impact that Santander has had in the University community as a result of the existing collaboration with York.

The University of York and Santander, through Santander Universities, signed a partnership agreement in 2011 which is renewed every three years. Santander, through this partnership, funds a wide range of scholarships, travel grants, awards and entrepreneurial activities. The University is also receiving support for 7 fully-funded 4-week work placements within SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) as well as 20 part-funded 3 month internships within SMEs.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts met with Nathan Bostock to discuss new ways of collaboration between both institutions. During the day, Nathan Bostock also visited the Santander branch on campus which has been serving the University community since 2011.