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Santander launches new student smart card

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Santander launches new student smart card

  1. 1. Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK Carlos Leira carlos.leira@santander.co.uk Comunicación Santander Universidades Ana Núñez | Sonia Pérez | Marta Gallardo | Ignacio Marín +34 615 90 29 46 | +34 615 90 74 04 | +34 615 371 838 | +34 615 901 256 comunicadgsu@gruposantander.com Web corporativa: www.santander.com/universidades Síguenos en twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/bancosantander Santander News United Kingdom Universities Santander Launches New Student Smart Card  This is the first time the Student Smart Card is being introduced to the UK.  The card is currently being used by 6.3 million students from more than 262 universities in 11 countries worldwide.  Supports Santander’s commitment to Higher Education in the UK. London, 27 th September 2013-. Santander UK has launched a new Student Smart Card at the University of Roehampton to over 2,000 first year students will be rolled out to other UK Universities early next year. The card will become an essential part of student life, combining the features of a student University ID card; with access to buildings and library services, with the option of a Visa Debit card incorporated. Students can choose between the two different Smart Cards. The enhanced Smart Card which incorporates Visa Debit functionality needs to be linked to an existing or a new Santander Student Current Account or a Santander International Student Current Account. The Student Smart Card is currently being used by 6.3 million students from more than 262 universities in 11 countries worldwide and this is the first time the card is being introduced to the UK. Registration for the card is quick and easy through a dedicated portal which forms part of the University registration process. Students can select their card choice, upload a photo and even apply for a Santander Student Account if they do not currently have one. Additionally, for the first time in the UK, students will receive their PIN number via SMS. All cards, and replacements for lost and stolen cards, will be provided free of charge. Simon Bray, Deputy Director, Santander Universities UK, said: “The new Student Smart Card will be a valuable tool for students as it helps to simplify student life. The card has proven a great success in many countries where Santander has a presence worldwide and we look forward to introducing this to many more Universities in the UK.” Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, said: “We are delighted to take part in the launch of Santander’s new Student Smart Card which we believe will bring many benefits to our students and become an integrated part of campus life.” The launch of the new Student Smart Card is part of Santander’s long-term commitment to higher education through its Santander Universities Global Division. Santander Universities began activity in the UK in 2007 and today has developed partnerships with 68 universities to
  2. 2. Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK Carlos Leira carlos.leira@santander.co.uk Comunicación Santander Universidades Ana Núñez | Sonia Pérez | Marta Gallardo | Ignacio Marín +34 615 90 29 46 | +34 615 90 74 04 | +34 615 371 838 | +34 615 901 256 comunicadgsu@gruposantander.com Web corporativa: www.santander.com/universidades Síguenos en twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/bancosantander fund many initiatives including scholarships, entrepreneurial activities, internships, grants, awards and much more. As part of this commitment, Santander announced earlier this year its exclusive contract with the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) to provide the 16- 25 Railcard free for the next four years to students who open a Santander Student Current Account. About Santander Universities Global Division Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Santander has collaborated with universities for more than 15 years on a unique global initiative which distinguishes it from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the Higher Education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander Universities Global Division maintains a stable alliance with 1,040 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. ‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with fifty-seven British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network. Santander UK plc is a full-service retail and commercial bank providing services to some 15 million active customers, with almost 1,200 branches and 37 regional Corporate Business Centres. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander SA. Santander UK plc manages its affairs autonomously with its own local management team responsible for its performance. Santander UK is firmly focused on the UK with c. 98% of customer assets UK-related and c. 80% of customer loans consisting of prime residential mortgages to UK customers. The total balance sheet remains UK focused, with a minimal net exposure after collateral to eurozone periphery countries only amounting to c. 0.6% of total assets. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK. Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN) is a retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a presence in 10 main markets. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.342 trillion in managed funds, 102 million customers, 14,680 branches – more than any other international bank – and 186,785 employees at the close of June 2013. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. It also has significant positions in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the northeast United States. In the first half of 2013, Santander registered EUR 2,255 million in attributable profit, an increase of 29% from the same period of the previous year. Media Enquiries Andy Smith 020 7756 4212 07824 473338 andy.g.smith@santander.co.uk Sarah Webster 0207 756 5533 07568112529 sarah.webster@santander.co.uk
  3. 3. Marketing and Communications, Santander Universities UK Carlos Leira carlos.leira@santander.co.uk Comunicación Santander Universidades Ana Núñez | Sonia Pérez | Marta Gallardo | Ignacio Marín +34 615 90 29 46 | +34 615 90 74 04 | +34 615 371 838 | +34 615 901 256 comunicadgsu@gruposantander.com Web corporativa: www.santander.com/universidades Síguenos en twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/bancosantander Carlos Leira 02077564575 07824526390 carlos.leira@santander.co.uk Notes to Editors Images of the card.

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