Santander Universities hamper

Graduates in medicine-related subjects at the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter have received hampers thanking them for their work, with support from Santander.

Santander, through Santander Universities, provided £4.5million of funding to its 85 university partners across the UK to support their COVID-19 initiatives.

Recent Medicine and Medical Imaging final year students and graduates from Plymouth and Exeter, who chose to graduate early to support the NHS, have now received a hamper filled with small gifts and a note from a senior staff member at their institution.

Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at the University of Plymouth, said in his note that the University was incredibly proud of the work the graduates and all their colleagues in the NHS were doing. He said:

“I can’t imagine many graduates have ever had to apply what they have learned on their courses so quickly. The work they continue to do is truly astonishing in the most challenging of circumstances, and this small token of our thanks is very well deserved. This has also given us the opportunity to let them know they still have our support, despite having left the University, and that we are looking forward to celebrating their achievements in person at an appropriate time.”

Professor Ian Fussell, Associate Dean of Education at the University of Exeter Medical School wrote a note thanking Exeter students for their work during the pandemic and expressed how proud he was of all the students at the University of Exeter Medical School. Ian added:

“It was wonderful to be able to give a small gift to our students and recent graduates who have done so much to support the community. I’m extremely proud of all our students, many of whom are helping in other ways. I’m looking forward to meeting online with all our graduates, celebrating them finishing their degrees and catching up.”

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As part of their corporate staff volunteering scheme, Santander's energetic fundraising activities support our world-class research in Brain Tumour Research and other neurodegenerative diseases, and together we are dementia champions in the city. 

Santander encourages its staff and their families to engage in life at the University – from free eye tests at the Centre for Eyecare Excellence to becoming a Friend of The Arts Institute, the University’s public arts programme.