Santander

Campus branch

Santander Bank have a branch on the main Plymouth campus, located at the Smeaton Building First Floor, open to students, staff and our local community. The campus branch team can offer financial benefits not always available from high street branches - from mortgage and loan advice to opening a UK bank account and accessing cash - their cash point even dispenses £5 notes!

Contact the University Interim Branch Manager, Stephen Thatcher via the contact details below. 

Contacting the campus branch

Branch telephone

+44 5511 482086

Address: First Floor Smeaton Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

The branch is open Monday - Friday from 10am-6pm except Wednesdays when it closes at 5pm. If the campus branch is closed, please visit the Santander branch on Armada Way.

Our partnership

Plymouth University has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Santander, with much of our focus on Santander Universities Scholarships and Internships worth almost £100,000 per year. These enhance the Plymouth student experience including internationally, employability and career development and the internships not only give our students valuable work experience but add genuine value back to the SME community. 

Bank colleagues frequently present guest lectures and run workshops for Plymouth University students, and participate in student experience competitions as judges or mentors. This not only enhances our students' experience but develops their personal and professional skills.

Santander Universities Scholarships

Santander Universities Scholarships are available if you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student and in some cases, staff can apply too. They include funding for research projects in the UK and overseas, language exchange programmes and initiatives to promote volunteering and the development of employability skills.

What do you know about our Santander Universities scholarship opportunities?

Santander supporting entrepreneurship and innovation  

Santander supports the University's entrepreneurship programme, helping new and growing businesses fulfil their potential including through Formation ZoneGAIN and Enterprise Solutions, exploring collaborative and research opportunities, including support for early career researchers. 

Santander engaging in the life of the University

As part of their corporate staff volunteering scheme, Santander's energetic fundraising activities support our world-class research in Brain Tumour Research and other neurodegenerative diseases, and together we are dementia champions in the city.  

Santander encourages its staff and their families to engage in life at Plymouth University - from free eye tests at the Centre for Eyecare Excellence  to becoming Friends of Peninsula Arts , the University’s public arts programme. 

Santander Universities work experience bursaries

Looking for work experience over the summer break? These bursaries are for Plymouth University undergraduate students in Years 1 or 2 who are finding it difficult to gain experience within their chosen field of study or thinking about early career planning. 

The work experience must be in the UK with an SME (small or medium size business with less than 250 employees), charity, social enterprise or community interest company. 

The bursaries are £300 per week for two weeks, extendable on a match funded basis. Find out more.


Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities annual Entrepreneurship Awards are open to students and alumni, with participants competing to win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. We are proud to have two businesses shortlisted for 2017 - watch this space!

Find out more about the competition

Formation Zone Business Challenge 

Santander Universities sponsor this annual competition, which helps Plymouth University's budding entrepreneurs get started in business. Prizes supplied by the bank have helped to launch companies providing a range of services, from delivering innovative products for emergency care providers to designing creative solutions for the recruitment industry. 

Read more about the Business Challenge

Santander UK Breakthrough Moments Festival May 2016

Santander brought their ‘red box’ to Plymouth City Centre for a five-day festival of events with inspirational speakers aiming to helping ambitious local communities and businesses gain insight, share experience and develop new contacts in a different, vibrant environment. Plymouth University played its part, proactively supporting Santander with sessions on ‘ Helping Plymouth become a dementia-friendly city’, attracting and securing the brightest talent for your business including through the Santander Internship programme, and ‘Looking ahead: views on the South West economic temperature’.


The Santander Universities

Digital Challenge

Students of Plymouth University entered the Digital Challenge, where they have created their own campaigns to raise awareness of and enhance online digital security amongst University staff and students, which is being rolled out into the University amongst staff and students.

Read more about the Digital Challenge