Santander Universities

GCU is a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network, which brings together 1,000 universities across the world. 

This strategic partnership between the University and Santander has created a range of opportunities for both staff and students and encourages exchange and interaction between members of GCU and other members of the Santander Universities network.

Santander Travel Awards

Santander Universities Travel Scholarships of up to £1000 are available for existing undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD students and GCU Staff.

This scholarship could fund spending a period of time, a semester or a study visit at another university within the Santander network. Alternatively it could be for a work-related research project with a commercial partner or, for GCU staff, the scholarship can be used to enhance collaborative working within the Santander University network or attending work related conferences developing the awareness of GCU.

How to apply

Applications are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check again in future for details of when applications will reopen.

Internships for SMEs

GCU and Santander are offering an exciting opportunity for SMEs to take advantage of fully-funded internships by employing a GCU student or graduate on a fixed term project identified by your company. Santander Universities UK will provide employers with a subsidy of up to £1,000.  

The scheme is managed by our Careers service. You can find out more and apply at

UHatch Entrepreneurial Support

Supported by Santander Universities, UHatch is GCU’s small business incubator and accelerator space. It is designed to assist entrepreneurial students, graduates and alumni in the development and growth of commercial and social enterprises/businesses. Working within UHatch gives you the opportunity to access detailed knowledge, increase your network of contacts and receive support in a number of other areas.

Further information on how to become a UHatch start-up company can be found at

Magnus Magnusson Awards

GCU students can apply to the Magnusson Fund to support their dream project. Perhaps you would like to….

  • Create your own business?
  • Travel overseas to volunteer?
  • Set up a community project? 

What you get

Awards of up to £5,000

Who can Apply

Any student who is in their second year upwards, or to young researchers in the early stages of their academic careers. Applications from any discipline and from any part of the University or for almost any kind of proposal that will help individuals to reach their dreams are welcome.

However, judges will be especially pleased to receive applications from areas relating to any of Magnus Magnusson's personal interests, including the media, history, language, literature and the natural environment. Applicants must demonstrate achievement in their chosen area, and have a clear plan to take their work forward

How to apply

Applications to the 2021 MAGNUSSON FUND are now Closed.

Santander Seed Funding

UHatch and Santander are offering GCU students, staff and alumni (graduates of five years or less at applications deadline below) the opportunity to apply for seed funding to take their UK based business ideas to the next level. If you are at the early stages of starting your own business, why not apply for funding and support to turn your ideas into a reality? 

Applications for Seed Funding will open in Spring 2021 (date TBC).

Santander Undergraduate Scholarships

The Santander Universities UG Scholarship is designed to help school and college leavers looking to study any full time undergraduate programme.  It can help provide financial assistance to students during their studies. 

  • £1250 per annum throughout your studies. Funds can be used to help support costs such as books, travel, accommodation and materials / equipment.
  • Opportunity to access further opportunities from Santander Universities network. 

Applications for Santander Undergraduate Scholarships will open in Spring 2021 (date TBC).