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Helping Cardiff students achieve their goals

09 July 2013

Santander UK launches new 'Hopes and Dreams' scholarship campaign

Santander UK has awarded Cardiff University funding worth £53,900 to help students achieve their goals.

The funding is part of Santander UK’s new three year campaign – 3,500 Hopes and Dreams - which aims to help university students across the UK study abroad or undertake an internship.

This year, the main focus of the Cardiff scholarships is on giving students the chance of a three-month internship with SMEs in South Wales.

The campaign was launched by Emilio Botin, Chairman of the Santander Group at the fifth Santander Universities UK Vice-Chancellors Meeting, where guests included Cardiff’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan and prominent figures from the financial, academic and political scenes including David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Riordan said: "This generous scholarship package will help support Cardiff students’ mobility and promote international exchange. It opens up new opportunities for our undergraduates and postgraduates to study or work abroad and means we can welcome talented students from the global community to Cardiff, Wales and the UK."

Cardiff has a strong relationship with Santander and was the first Welsh university to receive funding from Santander in 2008.

In total, Santander Universities Global Division will fund UK universities with £32 million in the next three years as part of the Hopes and Dreams campaign.


Notes to editors

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff's three flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.

For more information contact:

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074