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MK:U partners with Santander UK to create new education and skills programme

MK:U, Milton Keynes’ new model digital and technical university, cooperates with Santander UK to develop the skills of the future for its employees and for the local community Milton Keynes. From 2023, Santander will invest over £1 million in tuition fees for companies to upskill and reskill their workforce.

The announcement is part of Santander UK scholarships, skills and entrepreneurship program that aims to help people access the educational opportunities and skills they need to reach their potential.

Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of Cranfield UniversityProfessor Karen Holford CBE FREng commented: “It’s fantastic to see Santander continue to invest in this Milton Keynes while celebrating its recent city status. Cranfield University is proud of our commitment to Milton Keynes through MK:U and this partnership with Santander allows us to make a huge difference not only to local businesses but also to the lives of their employees.”

Professor Lynette Ryals OBEChief Executive of MK:U said: “The current digital skills gap requires a new approach and pioneering relationships with industry. Our partnership with Santander opens up new learning opportunities for people and companies in Milton Keynes. I am really excited about the difference this will make and the positive ripple effect it will have in the regional tech ecosystem.”

MK: You are Santander UK strategic education partner and the partnership will see its academics deliver innovative education and training at the company’s new headquarters in Unity place, Milton Keynes.

Santander UK Chair William Vereker said: “Santander has a long history and commitment to education and skills and we recognize that the challenges facing our country require a new approach if we are to develop the skills tomorrow’s workforce will need.

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“We all come from different backgrounds, different skills, different aspirations. Our new program is designed to help thousands of people realize their potential – whether they’re a budding entrepreneur with a great business idea, a mid-career looking to is looking for reskill or a young person from an underrepresented community who dreams of going to university.

“We are committed to creating real opportunity, transforming lives and helping drive economic prosperity around the world UK.”

MK:U comes in association with Cranfield University and Milton Keynes City Council. It is designed with and for business, developing the technological and digital skills needed for the future, connecting networks and communities through the Innovation Hub in Milton Keynes.

For more information on this opportunity, see: Upskilling Your Staff (


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