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Our partner universities in the UK

What we do

Committed to higher education

Santander Universities has a number of ways in which we support the university community. It is our overall objective to support these institutions in improving their educational offering, encouraging innovation and promoting entrepreneurial qualities. Below is a list of examples of the ways in which we continue to support our partner universities.


For information on how to apply for scholarships, grants and awards please contact the university directly.

How we can help you

Santander Universities believes it is important to support students during their studies and we offer a number of scholarships and research awards for students and staff in the UK and abroad; these include:

  • Scholarships & grants for students from Spain, Portugal and Latin American countries to study in the UK, and for British students to study overseas.

  • Funding for professors, staff visits and support for teaching programmes.

  • Awards for specialist research programmes, academic travel and fieldwork

  • Funding and support to research centres, projects and teams

The mobility grants offered by Santander Universities are given to national and international students to study at a university within the Santander Universities network. This has allowed students to gain academic and cultural knowledge in other countries.



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Santander Universities is also focused on the importance of entrepreneurs and we provide funding to support talented individuals within business.
Initiatives include:

  • Research projects for business implementation

  • Creation and support of incubators relating to universities' businesses

  • Innovation and enterprise awards

  • Venture capital funds

  • Project funding awards

  • University / Industry forums, conferences and seminars 

Senior members of Santander also actively encourage entrepreneurship and enquiring minds by regularly holding and attending institutional lectures and seminars.

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Santander Universities works to encourage the international exchange of students and lecturers, to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and best practices within the university community.

As part of our commitment to encouraging internationalisation we also organize an annual exchange programme between students and staff from Brazil and the UK with the name Top Brazil-UK. This programme allows Brazilian students and teachers to travel to renowned British universities and in exchange UK students visit their Brazilian counterparts.

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Almost 6.3 million university students in Spain, Portugal and Latin America are currently using a card developed by the bank in collaboration with more than 262 universities. In September 2013 the Santander SmartCard was launched at University of Roehampton for use by more than 2,000 students and academic staff. The card acts as a university identification card and debit card in one, with the option of added contactless functionality.

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As part of our commitment to our partner universities we also provide support to students and university staff through a dedicated network of university branches. Our support includes:

  • Products and services for the university communities

  • Branches and ATMs on campus

  • Dedicated Personal Banking Advisors.

Staff at Santander's university branches are always willing to help the university community with their financial needs.

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