QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 24

Santander Universities helps QMU and its students contribute to society An impressive new package of support from Santander Universities is helping QMU in its mission to improve people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally. T HE PACKAGE, AMOUNTING to £195k over the next three years, will also help QMU improve the student experience and employability, as well as enhancing QMU’s reputation as a university without borders. Santander Universities is one of QMU’s largest donors with total funding since 2007 reaching £700,000. So far, the organisation’s contribution has supported over 250 QMU staff and students, SMEs and charities. in Japan. This helped her to extend QMU’s international research reach and to connect with international leaders in the specialist field of occupational therapy. Fiona has also strengthened the University’s relationship with Alzheimer Scotland by developing a series of internships with the leading dementia organisation. This work has led to a strategic partnership between QMU and the organisation, and has had a significant impact on people ‘living well’ with dementia and their families. Importantly, our occupational therapy students’ work with Alzheimer Scotland is helping to ensure that services designed and provided across all sectors of society are shaped by the views and needs of people living with dementia. Professor Wend concluded: “The support from Santander Universities is not only allowing QMU to enhance the confidence, skills and knowledge of its students, it is enabling staff and graduates to be a positive force within society by helping to improve health outcomes, build businesses and contribute to communities. Ultimately, it is helping QMU develop its aim of being a university of ideas and influence.” The new funding package is being used by QMU to attract international students, fund research projects, develop student internships and work opportunities, and support our work in the community. Santander Universities community awards are directly in line with QMU’s philosophy of social responsibility by recognising students for their volunteering efforts with charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Professor Petra Wend, QMU Principal, said: “QMU is committed to improving the student experience and providing outstanding opportunities for employability. Santander’s support of internships and work placements is having a significant impact on our students' employment prospects with many securing further employment with the SMEs which have participated in the internship programme.” This official agreement between QMU and Santander Universities was finalised at a reception held at the University in April. The event brought together a wide range of students, graduates, SMEs and charities which had directly benefited from Santander’s support. Fiona Maclean, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, has been a recipient of a Santander award which has allowed her to share her research findings from her PhD at an international conference 26 QMYOU / Development News Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities, said: “Santander’s purpose is to help people and businesses prosper. In this regard, our support to universities is of paramount importance, as these institutions play a key role in the development of knowledge and innovative ideas in the communities they are in. I have visited QMU several times and in every new visit I can see the great impact that our funding has had on both students and staff, which encourages us to continue working with this university investing Սѥ)ɕ͕ɍtvH