Events, competitions and initiatives

impact awards

As part of our sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League, we will be organising a football-themed thought leadership event for female footballers and students from a BAME background. It will focus on honing critical skills such as confidence, resilience and leadership, whilst discussing how we can tackle discrimination both in and out of the sporting world.

The objective is to deliver a transformative event experience, whilst providing students with the key employability skills and learnings that they will need to succeed at university and in the world of work.

Upcoming dates: 

27th March 2020 


Performance and Leadership experience

Since 2011, it has grown to be one of the UK's largest student and graduate business pitching competitions. We reward entrepreneurs by offering cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support and have so far given away more than £42,000 to start-ups and small businesses. 2020 marks the 10th year of the competition and to celebrate we will be running the Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme, a programme of dedicated support for a student/graduate start-up at each of our partner universities.

Upcoming dates: 

28th May 2020  

July 2020 (exact date tbc)

28th-29th September 2020

Launch event

Accelerator event

Grand final

Take a look at our information pack to learn more about the Entrepreneurship Awards

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We recognise the challenges currently facing the UK’s engineering industry, in particular the challenges faced by female engineering students, which is why we have created a programme of dedicated support for female engineers, with the objective of providing the students with the tools and resources that they will need to succeed after university. We'll do this by providing thought leadership and networking opportunities with industry experts and motivational figures, and a world-class industrial experience at a leading engineering organisation for the 30 STEMship winners.

Upcoming dates:

6th April 2020

27th June - 3rd July 2020

September 2020 (exact date tbc)

Round table event

Overseas trip

National event

  Take a look at our information pack to learn more about the STEMships and the awards.

We ask each of our partner universities to submit one candidate for each area, with submissions backed up by a video from each student.

The winners are announced at the awards ceremony later in the year.

Upcoming dates:

September 2020 (exact date tbc)  

December 2020 (exact date tbc)

Submission period

Awards ceremony

We'll be uploading an information pack in due course, which will include further details and key dates.

You can get involved with our schemes, programmes and awards if you’re a student at one of our 86 partner universities

If you want to learn more, get in touch with us at and we’ll be able to connect you with someone at your university who can tell you all about it.