Santander Universities

Santander Universities

UCL began its partnership with Santander Universities in 2007 and was one of the very first UK universities to become a member of the Santander Universities network.

The partnership provides UCL students and staff with numerous benefits and opportunities which range from study abroad experiences to awards for non-academic achievement.

Santander Universities began its activity in Spain in 1997 with one main objective: to support higher education. Since then, Santander has donated over £500m to help provide students with opportunities to help them to become tomorrow’s leaders. Santander Universities is a global network of around 1,000 universities from 17 countries - Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay and USA.

Each year, around 40 UCL students benefit from Santander scholarships and awards. Funding is also available to support UCL staff to establish partnerships with universities in the Santander Universities network.

And, of course, all UCL students and staff are able to access the special banking deals offered to those studying or working at a member of the Santander Universities network.

For more information about the Santander Universities division in the UK, please visit the Santander Universities website

Current opportunities and internships

10 free Santander shares to UCL staff who join the 123 world

Santander are offering 10 free shares, currently sitting at £6 each on the FTSE 100, to UCL staff who join the Santander 123 world.

For more information, please download the PDF or contact Daren Imbert at

UCL Community Contribution Awards

The UCL Outstanding Community Contribution Awards, funded by Santander Universities, aim to foster the notion of UCL as a community. These awards seek to highlight, celebrate and reward outstanding achievement, endeavour or contribution by current UCL students in a non-academic area.

Further information

Isban UK 2014 IT Graduate opportunities

Isban are currently looking for keen and highly motivated graduates to join the team in 2014. 

Isban is owned by Grupo Santander. It is Santander´s specialist company for the implementation of Santander Group’s software strategy. Isban provides consultancy services, integration and change management expertise for the delivery of IT solutions. Isban is a global group, with over 10,000 workers present in Europe and the Americas and over 1,000 in the UK.

The role

Starting Salary: £26,000 pa plus bonus and benefits.

The IT graduate programme lasts for two years. You will experience different teams, have a dedicated mentor, and be part of our graduate advancement programme. You can expect to be fully integrated into the business and will be contributing from day one.

You will be involved in a variety of activities including:

  • Project management, planning and process analysis and design mapping
  • Providing innovative technical input within a project team
  • Undertaking commercial tasks, including client liaison and budgeting for projects

Roles are based in Milton Keynes and Leicester.

Person requirements
  • A Problem Solver
  • Analytical in approach
  • A Team Player
  • A Strong Communicator
  • Process Driven
  • Flexible

You’ll need to be a fast learner with strong analytical and information technology skills together with excellent attention to detail. More importantly, we are looking for your fresh ideas, enthusiasm and commitment to building a successful career in our market leading banking technology.

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to stating your location preference.

Further information

Santander sponsorship programmes at UCL

Master’s Scholarships

The Santander Master's scholarships aim to assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master’s degree programme at UCL. Students must be from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico or Uruguay to apply.

Further information

Study Abroad Scholarships

Funds are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students to study or research in the UK or overseas.

UCL Community Contribution Awards

The UCL Community Contribution Awards, funded by Santander Universities, aim to foster the notion of UCL as a community. These awards seek to highlight, celebrate and reward outstanding achievement, endeavour or contribution by current UCL students in a non-academic area.

Further information

Research Catalyst Awards for Staff

Funds are available for research and teaching staff to foster research collaborations between UCL and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.

Further information

Social Enterprise Grants

UCL students can apply for funds to support their social enterprise ideas. Santander is supporting the UCL Social Enterprise Grant scheme. 

Further information

Santander SME Internship Programme

Santander Internship Programme

The Santander Internship Programme provides final year students and recent graduates of UCL with paid-for work experience in a local business. Santander contributes 50% of the funding for the internship with the other 50% being funded by the business.

The internship lasts for 3 months and the intern will receive £1000 per month.


Student stories

Student and staff banking with Santander

Students studying at universities in the Santander Universities network have access to special student banking deals as well as financial advice. International students can also take advantage of banking with Santander by going online or visiting the university branch.

In addition, UCL staff can take advantage of special-rate products which are available to all academic and non-academic staff. Assistance is also available to international members of staff.

Visit or call one of UCL’s dedicated Santander branches for more information:

1. Santander branch on campus - located next to the UCL Shop, South Cloisters

2. Santander Universities Branch
164-167 Tottenham Court Road

Branch Manager: Daren Imbert   
Telephone: 0551 143 0582 / 0551 148 3698

Related links:
Santander UK student current account
Santander international student current account
Santander student financial advice
Santander banking for UCL staff

Further information
Ciaran Moynihan
Partnership Officer
+44 (0)20 7679 5588 / internal 25588