Santander Awards celebrate opportunities for student and staff development

Friday, 01 July 2016


On Friday 1 July, students and staff joined together to celebrate all that has been achieved through the University’s relationship with Santander and to sign their new three year agreement.

Oxford Brookes University was one of the first UK universities to join the Santander Universities global network in 2007.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “ The partnership with Santander provides Brookes students and staff with numerous benefits and opportunities which have supported international mobility, research, sport, community projects, exchanges and scholarships and developed professional practice.

“I am extremely pleased that we will be continuing the partnership over the next three years.”

Robin Foale, Managing Director Santander Universities UK said: “We’re very pleased to be able to continue our partnership with Oxford Brookes.

“Our collaboration has had a very positive impact on campus since the signing of the first agreement. With this renewal, Santander is providing a new stream of funding that will continue to support the academic goals of students and researchers over the next three years.” 

Each year Brookes students and staff benefit from the Santander Funding Schemes, including Associate Lecturer for Modern Languages, Juany Murphy who has set up a bread baking company Nutribake, operating within the shanty district on the outskirts of Huanchaco, a small seaside town in northern Peru. Nutribake employs women bakers and supplies nutritious, fortified flour loaves and rolls, made with speciality grains, to feed poor local families.

The enterprise aims to help address the lack of training and employment opportunities for women and tackle local malnutrition by supplying local communities with reasonably priced, quality bread which improves children’s nutrition and health.