Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at the Santander Universities IFB Event!

Held at the University of Liverpool Pop Up Shop in Liverpool ONE, the event showcased how Santander Universities and the University of Liverpool is working together to support local businesses and researchers across Merseyside and beyond. Present at the event were a number of businesses, graduates, students and researchers that have benefitted from the support offered by Santander Universities and the University of Liverpool.

Through Santander Universities Graduate to Merseyside has placed nearly 50 students/graduates within local companies working on various projects and making a positive impact in their respective companies.

One company which has benefited is B&M Waste Services, a leading waste management service that operates throughout Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. Through Santander and Graduate to Merseyside they were able to recruit Laura Gois (pictured), a University of Liverpool Psychology and English graduate, as a Marketing Assistant to provide support with all aspects of the company’s marketing.

Jayne Kennedy, Marketing Manager, has been very happy with Laura and the support she has received:

“It’s been a great help to us as an SME to have some help in recruiting a graduate. Laura has made an excellent start and is already booked onto some specific training which otherwise would have been out of our reach to put her on.”

Santander Universities also offers support within Higher Education through numerous scholarships and research awards that for various projects and research programmes tackling a variety of issues.

One such award allowed Dr. Svetlana Antonyuk , Senior Lecturer in the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Integrative Biology, to work alongside fellow researchers in Bilbao in each other’s’ laboratories which has led to the discovery of a possible pathway for inhibiting liver and colon cancer growth.

“We have revealed the structure of a protein complex involved in these diseases. This discovery will help to determine which part of the protein will need to be blocked to halt the growth of cancer cells. This study has recently been published in the International Union of Crystallography’s journal IUCrJ.”

Budding entrepreneurs also benefit from support through the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards in which University of Liverpool Management School MBA graduate Rahul Pushp won the first prize of £20,000 last year. His winning business plan of providing electricity to developing countries by harnessing solar renewable energy is now put into place through his new company, i-Solarlite ltd.

For more information on how Graduate to Merseyside and Santander Universities can support your business please use the contact details below:

Graduate to Merseyside
E: gradopps@liv.ac.uk
T: 0151 794 5112

Santander Universities UK
Julie Scatterson
E: Julie.Scatterson@santander.co.uk
T: 07540314210

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