Events, competitions and initiatives

Read more about our latest events and initiatives below.

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Santander Scholarships Tech | Santander Universities £10k Giveaway

In need of a new laptop? Need a data boost? Enter the Santander Universities £10k Giveaway! Santander Universities is working with JS Group to provide 10 undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates - from all UK universities - the opportunity to receive a Santander Grant worth £1,000 each. Successful applicants (who will be chosen at random) will be able to use the Grant to purchase a variety of resources directly from the Santander Aspire webstore (owned and managed by JS Group) - including laptops, printers, internet data, magazine subscriptions, and much more.

Find out more and apply. Applications close 9 March 2022 (Ts&Cs apply).


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Santander Scholarships Women | W50 Leadership 2022 - LSE


The Santander Scholarships Women | W50 Leadership 2022 - LSE programme is an intensive, leadership development scholarship delivered at The London School of Economics and Political Science campus in London. This is a unique scholarship opportunity for 50 women leaders in top management or C-suite positions who are aiming to progress to the C-suite or board of directors' level and further develop their own leadership style. Participants will benefit from LSE's world-class faculty, individual and group leadership coaching, and networking opportunities with a diverse group of women leaders from across the globe on LSE's campus.


Find out more and apply. Applications close 15 March 2022 (Ts&Cs apply).



Santander Scholarships Women | Emerging Leaders 2022 - LSE


The Santander Scholarships Women | Emerging Leaders 2022 - LSE is an intensive online programme designed to enhance your negotiation skills to become more influential, persuasive and impactful in your role and throughout your career to advance and succeed in leadership positions. This is a unique scholarship opportunity for 125 women, who are managers to mid-level managers looking to progress into upper-management positions, to connect with a diverse community of aspiring leaders from around the world in a unified online environment.


Find out more and apply. Applications close 6 April 2022 (Ts&Cs apply).


Please visit the Santander Scholarship Platform to explore the full range of scholarships and opportunities available.

The course has been developed to support individuals who want to take the first step on the pathway to building their digital skills. It will support learners to:

  • return to, or start education
  • return to work, or pivot their career
  • set up a business online.

The course is taught at an introductory skills level and can be completed in the learners' own time, and at their own pace.

All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of achievement and will also be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of 88 Santander grants worth up to £2,500 available to use on the tailored Santander Aspire webstore. Ts&Cs apply (1.12 MB).

Your Digital Pathway launches on 31 March 2022 and runs until 29 June 2022. Click here to find out more and to apply.

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The online short course, designed by The Open University and leading academics, Union Black is intended to support students and staff to increase their understanding of Black British history, race, and racism, and how individuals can make a positive difference.

The course will run in twice yearly cohorts for the next three years. The current cohort launched on 17 January and runs until 2 May 2022.

Find out more and enrol

View a trailer for the course.

All students who complete the course will be in with the chance of receiving one of 50 £500 Santander grants and invited to attend a thought leadership event with high profile ambassadors in London in June 2022*.

*Allocation of the 50 Santander grants will be selected by random allocation. Please refer to the programme Ts&Cs for further information.

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Santander Scholarship Skills | Santander Summer Experience - Global Leadership & Creativity

The Santander Summer Experience in London is a bespoke two-week opportunity for 60 students from the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany and Mexico in July 2022. Hosted at King's College London and designed specifically for Santander scholars, this innovative programme looks at the themes of leadership and creativity through a global lens. Research-enriched academic content taught by King's faculty will explore practice and concepts of creativity and leadership and how they continue to evolve in the light of global changes, creating a platform for students to develop and reflect on their own styles, global leadership abilities and to prepare for their professional futures. 

Key Information

  • 60 scholarships worth £4,000 available to students from across 6 different countries
  • 45 academic contact hours over two weeks
  • Research enriched academic content, themes including: Leadership, Cultural Intelligence, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Reflective Thinking
  • All students will receive a Participant Record of Achievement (certificate)
  • The programme is fully funded, including course, flights, food and accommodation provided in Central London
  • Programme running from 17 July to 30 July 2022

Find out more and apply. Applications for phase 1 close 31 March 2022 (Ts&Cs apply).

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Congratulations to our 2021 Entrepreneurship Awards winner Sojo from King's College London!

Last year over 80 budding entrepreneurs from across our partner university network took part in a virtual business acceleration programme dedicated to helping innovative student and graduate businesses to scale. The programme ran from May to October 2021 when all the businesses pitched at Wembley Stadium in London for the opportunity to receive up to £75,000 of business development support.

Sojo, which is working to make the fashion industry circular by making alterations and repairs mainstream, won the top prize and the runner-up was Deploy, from Imperial College London, which provides game-changing innovation in water management.

Josephine Philips, Founder of Sojo, said: "To have won first prize at the Santander X Entrepreneurship Awards is one of the most exciting moments on my Sojo journey so far. We were amongst an incredible cohort of exceptional businesses, and it is such an honour to have been selected as the winner. This funding will allow us to accelerate our offering by allowing us to partner with businesses as well as enable us to expand our service beyond London. The Santander programme has been invaluable with workshops, mentorship, interns and support that have really helped Sojo to flourish. I'm very grateful and I'm so excited for what the future holds!"

Watch highlights from the Entrepreneurship Awards 2021.

To find out more about future competitions and further entrepreneurship support, please contact your university enterprise team directly.

Explore the range of programmes and support offered by Santander and partner institutions globally to help entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. Terms and Conditions apply to each opportunity.

To view current opportunities, please visit the Santander X platform.

By working together, we aim to improve employment outcomes for autistic students and graduates through paid internships, while also enabling more SMEs to benefit from the diverse set of skills autistic students have to offer.

We’re excited to be working with Ambitious About Autism alongside 17 of our partner universities in the UK who are supporting this pioneering new programme.

To find out more, search for #SantanderUniEmployAutism on our respective social media channels. If you're one of our participating university partners and you're looking for a local SME to take part in the scheme, please get in touch with Please also direct any other queries to

The scheme, an investment into UK freelancers, is part of Santander UK's broader commitment in helping businesses to start rebuilding post-COVID 19.

Santander Universities UK has since awarded each successful freelancer with £1,000 funding to help support their ongoing projects. Visit the Santander Scholarship platform here to learn about some of the recipients' journeys and the impact our support has had on their work (Freelancers' stories coming soon!).