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Santander supports Durham students

(5 May 2021)

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Joseph Semana

We are delighted that nine of our students have been granted places on the Santander Black Inclusion program, a new online learning experience for up to 3,000 university students and recent graduates from a Black and Black Mixed Ethnicity background across the UK.

In partnership with leading finance industry specialists, Finance Unlocked, participants will benefit from access to professional development, gaining employability skills which will help build their CV. The course will focus on developing applicants’ financial skills by focusing on the fundamentals of finance and will cover topical subjects including Green Finance and Blockchain.

After completing the eight-hour online program and quizzes, 30 of the top-performing students and graduates will also be in with a chance of receiving a £1,500 Santander Scholarship.

Joseph Semana, one of the students selected to participate says:

“With so few selected, I felt very lucky to be chosen. A Financial Times article in March about the decline in the share of Black employees in senior US finance roles despite diversity efforts can make for depressing reading. While the UK is not the US, both nations share certain themes. So, programs designed to support Black students and graduates improve their financial education, I find encouraging.”

The Santander Universities Black Inclusion programme is part of Santander UK’s Black inclusion Plan launched last year as part of the bank’s overall commitment to being a genuinely inclusive and diverse organisation. The plan focuses on three key areas: Leadership, Allyship and Networks, which all shape the bank’s ongoing activity in creating a culture that champions everyday inclusion. The new Santander Universities Black Inclusion programme supports Allyship and the drive for positive change.

Congratulations to the successful students who will be participating in the inaugural cohort of the programme, we wish them the best of luck.

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