Santander UK has opened a new dedicated branch on campus at Cranfield University. The branch, which is located in College Road, opened yesterday at a ceremony attended by the Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University Professor Sir Peter Gregson and Santander UK’s CEO Nathan Bostock. 

The new branch is available for all students, graduates, University staff and the local community and has later opening hours of between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday (Wednesdays 10am to 5pm) to best suit university life. It is staffed by specially trained advisors who are experts in dealing with financial issues for students and teaching staff alike.

The opening was also attended by other members of the bank and the University including: Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education; Simon Bray, Managing Director Santander Universities UK; and Sonia Sandhu, University Relationship Branch Manager of the newly opened branch.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted that Santander is opening this local branch. It will enhance the resources on campus for students and staff and will be a valuable resource in the local area. It is another example of Cranfield’s growing collaboration with Santander which already supports a wide range of initiatives, including scholarships, education and research activities, internships and now also entrepreneurial events and development.”

After the branch opening, the day continued with an entrepreneurs round table event with the theme ‘The Impact of Entrepreneurs on the Economy - how can we boost local ambition’, facilitated by Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield.

Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive Officer, Santander UK said: “This is a really exciting development on the Cranfield campus as it will give University students, staff and lecturers access to a branch without the need to travel to a high street branch.

“Santander Universities is dedicated to supporting higher education. We recognise that good financial advice and support is a key part of our work with universities and at this branch all the team is committed to provide a tailored service to the Cranfield University community.”

The event included a renewal of the collaboration agreement between Cranfield and Santander. This agreement includes an extension to Santander’s scholarship and mobility support fund for Cranfield School of Management’s MBA programme; a renewal of Santander’s support for Cranfield University MSc programmes; and additional funding to encourage other enterprise and entrepreneurship projects.

Including the opening of the Cranfield campus branch, Santander has so far opened 57 university branches in the UK since 2008.  The bank also has 78 collaboration agreements with UK universities through which it provides funding for a variety of activities such as scholarships, travel grants, internships in SMEs, enterprise activities and special projects.

Santander Opening
Santander bank on Cranfield's Bedfordshire campus

Notes for editors

Information about ‘Santander Universities’

‘Santander Universities’ Global Division is the channel through which Banco Santander supports the higher education sector in Europe and the Americas in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation.

Since its creation in 1996, ‘Santander Universities’ has been the keystone of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Currently over 1,200 universities are part of the network and over 1 billion euros have been distributed.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with over 78 British Universities, with agreements - similar to the one signed with Cranfield University, which promote international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.


Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

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