Santander with the University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth 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 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.

2018/2019 Santander Scholarships

Santander Universities Scholarships are available if you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student. 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.

Find out about the criteria, eligibility and how to apply.

Santander Internships

Through the Santander paid internship scheme, final year students and recent graduates are able to gain valuable work experience within a small or medium enterprise (a business with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than £50 million).

The programme gives students access to the industries and organisations that they want experience in, in order to assist with their future career development. In order to participate in the programme you must have graduated from the University of Plymouth within the last three years or must be due to graduate in 2019.

Find out more about Santander Internship scheme

Linda Frommel, MSc Brand and Design Management

 “To enrich the academic experience of studying at Plymouth, the Santander bursary is a great opportunity to gain practical experience in addition to the theoretical knowledge acquired at university. It gave me an opportunity to apply what I had learned during my course, as well as to refine knowledge I already had. In addition, this was a perfect opportunity for me to gain an insight into working life in the UK, as I am originally from Germany.”

Read more Santander Internship case studies



Michael Newman, BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology

“This bursary has not only allowed me to gain experience within a sector that I’m very interested in. It has provided me with the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and skill set within my chosen subject area, and therefore increase my employability within an area where experience is invaluable in order to secure a job in the future. To any future applicants for this bursary, I would recommend using it as a stepping stone into the working environment within your chosen area.”

Read more Santander Internship case studies



FLUX 2019 competition

The University of Plymouth's Rolle marquee was the venue for the FLUX 2019 competition on 13 March, which left judges, mentors and businesses highly impressed by this year's entries.

Teams battled it out in the final of the annual FLUX competition, now in its 11th year, covering everything from PR stunts to target markets, teams discussed, planned and presented their strategies to a room of judges, comprising of local and national business leaders and mentors.

Find out more about this year's FLUX final

Creative CV Competition

The Creative CV Competition provides students with the opportunity to showcase their skills through designing a unique, imaginative CV that is tailored towards their chosen industry.

Being able to showcase your innovative skills through your CV is essential for any creative professional whether you are looking for a job within the creative industries or you are planning to work freelance after graduation.

Find out how you can enter the Creative CV Competition.

Formation Zone & Santander Student and Graduate Business Support

There are monthly opportunities for students and graduates to access a variety of business start-up support all in one place.

  • 1:1 with Santander Representative
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • Support to access Santander funding
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Masterclasses
  • 1:1 with Business Advisor
  • 1:1 with IP Expert
  • 1:1 with Solicitor
  • 1:1 with Accountant.


2nd Floor, Marine Building, from 10.00–16.30.

  • 12 February 2020
  • 11 March 2020
  • 8 April 2020
  • 6 May 2020
  • 3 June 2020
  • 1 July 2020.

To find out more email

Formation Zone & Santander Ideation Awards

A rolling programme of Ideation Awards throughout the academic year to support early-stage entrepreneurs.

Ideation Awards of £100–£200 are available to students and recent graduates and can be used for services such as:

  • Registering a trademark/copyright
  • Registering a limited company
  • Setting up a website
  • Attending events/workshops
  • Solicitor costs
  • Accountant costs
  • 1:1 consultancy
  • Marketing materials
  • Pre-start incubation support
  • General start up business expenditure
To request an application form email

Formation Zone & Santander Acceleration Awards

Quarterly competitive awards to accelerate the growth of early-stage businesses looking to start/scale.

Three competitions – December 2019/March 2020/June 2020. Applications close 30 November/29 February/31 May.

Awards of approximately £1,250 are available to students and recent graduates and can be used for services such as:

  • Build of website
  • 1:1 high value consultancy
  • Accounting systems
  • Quality management systems
  • New technology to add value
  • Prototyping/3D printing/product development/R&D
  • Office space
  • Marketing/sales strategy
  • Business support services to maximise growth.

To request an application form email

Santander at the University of Plymouth

Santander Bank has a branch on the main Univeritsy of 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 cashpoint even dispenses £5 notes.

Find out more about our campus branch.

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 the University – from free eye tests at the Centre for Eyecare Excellence to becoming a Friend of The Arts Institute, the University’s public arts programme.