In 1996 Emilio Botín, Chairman of Santander, decided that the bank should be useful to the communities in which it operates. With the conviction that the University is a vital cornerstone of any community and a mechanism that helps people and businesses prosper, Santander Universities began its activity in Spain.
As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and the UK. So far, Santander Universities has donated over €1.5 billion in the shape of scholarships, mobility grants, support for entrepreneurship, special projects and non-academic awards.
In 2015 Santander topped the 'Global Fortune 500' list as the company that invests the most in Corporate Social Responsibility in connection with education (according to the first global study published by the Varkey Foundation). In 2016, the bank invested over 150 million euros in higher education.
In the UK our first partner joined the network in 2007 and since then we have signed agreements with over 80 universities.
Since the division was established in the UK we have grown to become a valued partner of the academic community, more recently focusing our impact on entrepreneurship, innovation and projects that support improved life on campus.
Find out which UK universities have joined our global network of partners.
Find out about our scholarships, mobility awards, research grants and university customer support.