New chapter with Santander Universities

14 August 2014

New chapter with Santander Universities

Professor Gillies joined Simon Bray, Head of Santander Universities and Simone Bell, University Relationship Branch Manager

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE attended the official reopening of Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Santander branch last week.

Professor Gillies joined Simon Bray, Head of Santander Universities, Simone Bell, University Relationship Branch Manager, and staff members from across the University at a ceremony on Friday, August 8.

Welcoming the visitors to the branch, Simone Bell said: “GCU joined the Santander Universities network in 2009 and we recently signed a new three-year agreement, which awarded GCU with £225,000.”

The University has also been granted an additional round of funding worth £54,000. The money will be used to support scholarships, internships, mobility opportunities and research grants.

Professor Gillies noted: “GCU and Santander have an excellent partnership and this significant sum of money means that more students and staff members can travel and study overseas on scholarships.

“As well as funding, Santander also provides our staff and students with a friendly face of banking. It is fantastic to work with a bank with a social conscience and I am pleased Santander Universities’ support our social mission to promote the common good.”

Simon Bray said: “GCU has always been a fantastic partner and one of the reasons we work so well together is because our goals and values are aligned.

“GCU and Santander Universities are both committed to the common good and we work together on projects to achieve this.”

The branch relocated from the George Moore building to modern, purpose-built premises on the ground floor of the Centre for Executive Education. The move was part of GCU’s Heart of the Campus project, the £30 million redevelopment that will transform the University estate.

Professor Gillies praised the look and feel of the new branch. She said: “This new space is light, bright and accessible to students and staff.”