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Chancellor Lord Tugendhat and Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell welcome CEO of Abbey, António Horta-Osório
Chancellor Lord Tugendhat and Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell with CEO of Abbey, António Horta-Osório
Professor Breakwell and Mr Horta-Osório sign an extension to a Donation and Co-operation Agreement between Abbey and the University
Professor Breakwell and Mr Horta-Osório sign an extension to a Donation and Co-operation Agreement between Abbey and the University

Internal News - 09 October 2008

New branch opens as University celebrates partnership with Abbey

The Chief Executive of Abbey, Mr António Horta-Osório and Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, officially opened a new campus-based branch of the Abbey Bank yesterday (Wednesday, 8 October).

Mr Horta-Osório and Professor Breakwell also used the occasion to sign an extension to a Donation and Co-operation Agreement between Abbey and the University that was put in place 12 months ago.

To conclude a busy visit, Mr Horta-Osório gave a very topical lecture to staff, students and the general public on his perspective of managing a large organisation in challenging financial times. In light of the dramatic announcements made by the Government yesterday, the lecture was of considerable interest.

Professor Glynis Breakwell said at the opening ceremony: “We are delighted that António has generously offered his time, at this critical moment for the financial services sector, to give such a topical lecture here at the University of Bath.

“The University is also very grateful to Abbey, and its parent company Santander, for providing such valuable financial support for our students. International links, exchanges and extra-curricular opportunities, are enormously enriching to the student experience.

"We are particularly proud of the Bath Award scheme, which is a new initiative. It recognises the achievements of students undertaking voluntary activities or part-time employment to develop their social and business skills.”

The new branch of the Abbey Bank, situated on the Parade Level of Wessex House, offers a full range of banking services to students, staff and visitors to the Claverton campus. It is the first branch that Abbey has opened at a university, and is part of its branch expansion programme through its ‘Santander Universities’ scheme.

Mr Horta-Osório, Abbey Chief Executive, said: “Santander Universities is dedicated to supporting higher education. We recognise that good financial advice and support is a key part of our work with universities, and at this branch all the team is committed to provide a tailored service to Bath University’s community.”