Santander Chairman drops in for tea

Santander Chairman drops in for tea

Issued: Fri, 13 May 2011 15:37:00 BST

Emilio Botín, Chairman of Grupo Santander, recently dropped in for tea at the Principal’s Lodging. The purpose of his visit on 29 March was to see for himself some of the work Santander is supporting at the University and meet some of the recipients of funding. Through Santander Universities, Santander supports scholarships and fellowships at more than 900 universities around the world. In 2010, Santander Universities signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Glasgow to facilitate international exchange of students and staff, and help build collaborative links between institutions. In addition, funding was pledged by Santander Universities towards the three-year Stirling Maxwell Research Project, with an additional donation for the first year from Santander Shareholders.

Mr Botín was accompanied on his visit by Ana Botín, CEO of Santander UK and Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK. They were welcomed by the Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, Cathy Bell, Director of Development and Alumni Office, and Professor Nick Pearce, Head of the School of Culture & Creative Arts.


During the visit, Dr Hilary Macartney, Director of the Stirling Maxwell Research Project, outlined some of the key aims of this project, which is an international collaboration between the University, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Spain’s national gallery, the Prado Museum, and the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, a Spanish foundation in Madrid. The project is studying the first photographically illustrated book on art, the Annals of the Artists of Spain (1848), by Sir William Stirling Maxwell, who later became Chancellor of Glasgow University. The volume of Talbotypes (early photographs) which accompanied the Annals marked the beginning of the study of art through photography and photographically illustrated books. With these tools, art history as an academic discipline became possible, and access to knowledge of art became available to a wide range of people. The principal outcome of the project will be the publication of a facsimile and critical edition of the Annals Talbotypes volume. A web-based electronic resource will also be produced. 


Mr. Botín also met two of the first students to benefit from the Santander Universities scheme to provide funding for Iberian and Latin American postgraduate students to complete their Masters degree at Glasgow: Aldo Elizalde Archundia, from Mexico, who is studying for an MSc in Economics; and Shadi Whitburn, also from Mexico, who is studying for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.