Santander Universities partnership

Boosting the prospects of UWE Bristol talent

Santander Universities works in partnership with the University to boost the prospects of the best UWE Bristol talent. Since the start of the partnership in 2013 many students and graduates have been awarded scholarships, prizes and funds.

Our partnership

In May 2019 we celebrated the partnership’s success so far, hosting an event in the University’s Enterprise Zone. Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol and Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK signed an agreement to continue the partnership for a further three years.

Santander Dragon's Den Award-winner

Lewis Nicholson, BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) alum, Founder of Green Panda Tea

After a competitive process involving pitches against other budding entrepreneurs, Lewis gained Santander funding to help kick-start his business. Green Panda Tea is a small family-run organisation, sourcing and importing loose leaf teas and providing them to customers at affordable prices.

Santander PhD Mobility Bursary recipient 

Pavlina Theodosiou, Postgraduate Researcher, Bristol BioEnergy Team

Pavlina is a researcher at the University, and the Santander funding enabled her to cover the costs of travelling overseas to promote her findings at a high-profile conference. As well as gaining experience in presenting at a research conference, the opportunity enabled Pavlina to network and make valuable connections for her work.

Santander Postgraduate Scholarship recipient

Will Hatfield, MSc International Management student

Will used his Santander scholarship funding to replace income from a part-time job, freeing up time for him to focus on his master's. The extra time allowed him to focus on his work and the benefits showed in his improved grades.

Santander Funded Internship recipient

Rose Adderley, BA(Hons) Media and Journalism alum, Marketing Assistant at ACH

Santander awarded funding to ACH, a provider of refugee integration and employment services, which supported them to recruit Rose as an intern. It helped Rose get her first experience in marketing, and led to her being offered a full-time job with the organisation after graduation.

Santander’s Women in Football prize-winner

Alva Lang, BA(Hons) Business and Human Resource Management student, Captain of UWE Bristol Women’s Football Team

Through Santander’s sponsorship of the UEFA, students from universities across the country were invited to attend a Champions League game in Barcelona. Alva was funded to travel to the event, and got the chance to meet with other team captains from around the UK. 

For more information about the Santander Universities Partnership at UWE Bristol, email