Santander supports UU student and graduate start-up businesses to navigate the new normal

The Santander UK Universities Student Online Self-Development Programme got off to a flying start in 2021 with 19 of Ulster University’s entrepreneurial students and alumni participating in the programme.

   12 March 2021

Over eight weeks the online programme focused on performance themes including personal drive, having a learning mindset, how to perform under pressure and boosting self-confidence.

Our participants are all current or previous participants in an Ulster University Enterprise programme and are at varying stages of developing their own businesses.

Santander UK Universities, alongside Sporting Edge Digital Learning and ex-International cricketer Jeremy Snape, applied knowledge and skills gained from the world of performance sport to help participants develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace of the future.

Here's what some of the participants had to say

Becca Hume, the founder and owner of TapSOS a non-verbal app for contacting Emergency Services, shared her learning experiences through social media:

There was no better way to start 2021 than being absorbed in the Sporting Edge platform. I had the opportunity to listen and learn from leading experts in sports, psychology, business and leadership. The programme was split into bite-size videos, filled with motivation and energy. I know this short period of study will have a lasting impact on my management style, decision making and long-term vision as a leader.

We were introduced to many TED talks and books and my favourite insights from the programme came from experts Martyn Newman, Roger Steare, Dame Sarah Store and Dr Tara Swart.

Thank you to Santander Universities for the scholarship and to Ulster University for selecting me as one of their students for the Sporting Edge programme.


Chris Shannon, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, Ulster University Students’ Union said:

We are incredibly pleased to have been able to offer this wonderful development opportunity to our students. The programme has helped to enhance the entrepreneurial abilities of all those who participated.  We are delighted to be able to continue to support these students through our enterprise and entrepreneurship services at Ulster University.


Karen Delgado, Head of Corporate Engagement at Ulster University commented:

Thank you once again to Santander Universities UK for their continuing support for our students and alumni. Developing start-up businesses is essential to the economic recovery in Northern Ireland and we are grateful for Santander’s sustained support for our entrepreneurial community as it gives much needed practical assistance and encouragement to those in the early stages of starting up their own companies.


Matt Hutnell, Director, Santander Universities UK said:

Congratulations to the participants from Ulster University who took part in the Santander Universities Student Online Self-Development Programme. I hope that this experience will continue to prove valuable to you as you move forwards with your future careers.

For more information on student enterprise support contact Chris Shannon, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, UUSU c.shannon@ulster.ac.uk