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 Santander Universities at UCL please visit our further information webpage or the Santander Universities website

Current opportunities

The 60 Second Pitch Awards

If you can ‘wow’ an audience with a sensational new business idea, concept or product in 60 seconds, you can win a cash prize of up to £1,500 as well as advice and support from Santander Universities. 

Simply tell us about your business or idea and why you feel you deserve to win in 60 seconds. Remember that people will be voting for their favourite entry so make sure it’s funny, creative or innovate.

The competition runs every three months so if you see yourself as the UK's next successful entrepreneur, make sure you catch the next one!

How to apply

  • Record your 60-second pitch and upload the video to YouTube
  • Enter the competition by submitting you video URL to the Santander Universities website
  • Submissions must be made between 1 November - 22 December 2014

Vote for your favourite

  • Visit the voting page once the initial judging has taken place with a panel of judges - opens 9 January 2015
  • Watch the 10 finalists videos
  • Vote for your favourite
  • Voting closes on 31 January 2015

UCL Research Catalyst Awards (supported by Santander Universities)

***Applications are now being accepted***


To foster research collaborations between UCL and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.

The awards, funded by Santander, are available to cover the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with focused visits to potential research collaborators.

The visits should be aimed at achieving a specific outcome that will support future research collaboration (for example, a joint seminar, workshop, funding application etc.).


Up to £2,500 per visit participant is available.

A maximum of four participants in a single visit will be supported.


UCL academic staff holding the position Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor (or the Clinical equivalent) are eligible to receive an award.

Staff holding honorary positions and PhD students are not eligible.

Single and group applications are welcome.

Criteria against which applications will be assessed

  • The strength of the existing relationship with the university to be visited. Visits aimed at advancing a nascent research relationship will be preferred
  • The likelihood of achieving the intended outcome/s
  • The potential for future research collaboration
  • The extent of UCL’s existing links with the university/ies to be visited
  • The ranking of the university/ies to be visited
  • Whether the university/ies to be visited are in one or more of UCL’s five priority countries in Latin America i.e. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico
  • Whether the university/ies to be visited are included in the Santander Universities network in the specified countries (details are available here)

Selection panel

  • Pro-Vice-Provost for the Americas (Chair)
  • A nominee of the Vice-Provost (International)
  • A nominee of the Vice-Provost (Research)
  • A nominee of the Pro-Provost for the Graduate School

Award administration and requirements

Participants will be advised of the value of the UCL Research Catalyst award that has been granted.

Participants should normally undertake their visit overseas within 6 months of the notification of a successful application.

Payment of the award will be made in arrears and based on actual costs incurred (up to a maximum of the value of the award granted).

Payment will be into a UCL departmental account. Participants will need to indicate on their applications the departmental account code that is to be used for this purpose.

The payment of awards directly into participants’ bank accounts will not be possible.

All claims for reimbursement of departmental accounts must be received within one month of the visit’s completion. Receipts should be provided wherever practical.

A written report on the visit must be submitted to the Office for International Affairs within one month of the visit’s completion. A report template will be provided by OfIA for this purpose.

Full details of the award and the visit, including the names of participants, any photographs of the visit etc., will be shared with Santander Universities. The details may also be publicised on the UCL website. Permission from all participants in a visit, to allow this use of information, is a condition of acceptance of the award.

To apply for the award

If you wish to apply for a UCL Research Catalyst Award, please download and complete an application form and return it to

The deadline for applications is 9am (GMT), Friday 30 January 2015. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by mid February.

For further information or queries, please contact: 
Ciaran Moynihan
Partnership Officer
+44 (0)20 7679 5588 / internal 25588

BIARI - Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, 6-20 June 2015

The 2015 edition of the BIARI- Brown International Advanced Research Institutes organized by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and sponsored by Santander Universities US will take place June 6-20, 2015.

As in previous years, BIARI 2015 is a residential program, and all tuition, accommodation, meals and, in some cases, international travel will be covered for accepted participants. Application review will begin on 17 December 2014.

2015 BIARI Institutes
  • Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Increasing Effectiveness and Accountability in the Age of Complex Emergencies
  • Governance and Development in the Age of Globalization
  • Ethnicity, Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective
  • Population and Development: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems

Please visit the following websites for additional information and application requirements:

BIARI website

Descriptions of the 2015 institutes

Application site

The 2015 brochure

Criteria for successful applicants

BIARI especially welcomes applicants who are early in their professional careers. Practitioners normally have four to ten years’ experience in their professional field. Participants from an academic background are usually within seven years of having finished their PhD or professional terminal degree. The working language is English.

Disciplinary areas for recruitment of candidates including departments, centers and schools include:

  • Anthropology
  • Center for race and ethnic studies
  • Center for Conflict
  • Environmental engineering
  • Demography centers or institutes
  • Development studies center/institutes
  • Economics
  • Environmental engineering
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Graduate schools
  • Human rights
  • International relations/studies
  • International development 
  • Law department or school 
  • Medicine (including medical and nursing schools)
  • Political science
  • Population centers or institutes
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Sociology 
  • Urban planning/design

Santander share offer for UCL staff

The University College London Santander Branch is offering university staff an exclusive offer of 10 free Banco Santander SA shares if you open or switch to their 123 Current Account from Monday 2 February 2015 until Friday 20 March 2015.

This offer is exclusive to the first 15 university staff to apply in the campus branch.  For full terms and conditions of the promotion, or if you’d like to make an appointment call into the branch, contact Daren Imbert on 05511483698 or email

To be eligible for a 123 Current Account you must pay a £2 monthly account fee, fund the account with £500 a month and set up a minimum of 2 Direct Debits.  Any payments into the 123 Current Account from any Santander personal accounts you are named on are not included in the monthly funding amount. One single or one joint 1I2I3 Current Account (or one of each) per person only. You must be 18 or over and a UK resident. For details of Santander’s fees and interest rates, visit or ask for the Key Facts Document at any branch.