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Bath will establish the UK’s first university film library devoted to Spanish and Latin American film
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Dr Peter Lambert has talked about the many benefitsof the new partnership

Internal News - 24 April 2008

University of Bath celebrates joining Santander Universities network

The University of Bath has joined Santander Universities, a worldwide network of over 600 universities, through which Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest financial groups, supports an innovative range of academic projects.

At a recent event held on campus, academic and administrative staff enjoyed the chance to hear more about the scheme from Luis Juste, Santander Universities Director in the UK and John Hedges, Co-ordination Director for Santander Universities.

Santander’s long-standing commitment to university education worldwide is most evident in its network of co-operation agreements which link more than 600 universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Recently the bank has extended this network to the UK with the University of Bath being delighted to be its first non-London based UK institution to sign an agreement.

Professor Ian Jamieson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching said: "I am delighted at this partnership with Santander- Abbey. Interest in Ibero-American research and teaching at Bath covers such a wide spectrum with studies in Latin American film, economics and politics, not to mention language studies and a very active study abroad programme.

"Through an innovative portfolio of scholarships and research grants, this funding will allow us to give greater support to our outgoing student exchanges, encourage more students from Latin America and Spain and Portugal to benefit from study at the University of Bath and enable our staff to conduct research overseas."

The first Santander-Abbey Masters Scholarships will be awarded for incoming students for 2008 and outgoing staff and students will take up their awards this summer.

As part of the University’s link with Santander-Abbey Dr Peter Lambert, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, spoke about the creation of a series of scholarships to help foster undergraduate exchanges with Latin American partner universities.

He also announced the establishment of the UK’s first university film library devoted to Spanish and Latin American film, adding: "This exciting project will allow us to have probably the largest collection of Spanish and Latin American film in the UK university system, and will further enhance the already excellent reputation for film studies at the University of Bath."

Another strand of the innovative partnership with Santander Universities is the sponsorship of prizes.

One pair of prizes is to be awarded for excellence in the University of Bath’s MBA module on 'Entrepreneurship in action'. A second pair of prizes will recognise excellence in sports achievement.

Luis Juste commented: "We really welcome the opportunity to work with the University of Bath. We were particularly struck by the obvious enthusiasm for the scheme across staff at all levels of the University."