Events, competitions and initiatives

impact awards


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 looking forward to 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. Please also direct any queries to either or

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.

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.


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.


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.

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