Published: 8 January 2016

Students invited to take part in Santander’s Big Ideas

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Students and recent graduates from across the UK have the opportunity to develop solutions to some of the key technological issues facing the financial industry by taking part in Santander’s Big Ideas competition.

The competition, which boasts £20,000 in prizes, gives students the chance to work in a team with academic and business support to develop technological solutions whilst retaining the right of ownership for ideas and prototypes.

Big Ideas, which was created by Santander, is split into three challenges:

  • The Future of Semantic Search
  • The Future of Digital Authentication
  • The Future of Virtual Banking

The competition is an opportunity for students and graduates to gain valuable experience for their CVs and apply academic theory to real business challenges.

Finalists will be given the chance to develop their ideas with engagement from Santander’s innovation team, as well as getting to present to the banking giant’s senior and executive teams.

Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, said: “This is a great opportunity for students to delve into and develop their ideas with access to invaluable advice from academics and business professionals. We hope to see lots of students from the University getting involved.”

The first phase of the competition closes on 15 January. For further information please visit:

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