Santander Universities - Education

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic hindered both national and international travel, we were able to support seven students with travel grants to enhance their research during the 2020/21 academic year.

We are delighted to report that the number of recipients rose to 22 during the 2021/22 academic year, providing even more students with the opportunity to enrich their work. 

Travel Award

Hannah, a second year PhD student at the University of Salford, was awarded a £5,000 Travel Award to help fund her archival research in the UK. Her interdisciplinary doctoral project analyses intersectional representations of femininity, madness, and disability in nineteenth-century children’s literature and Disney film adaptations.

With thanks to the funding, Hannah was able to visit different repositories where she could gain access to physical materials and archives, including the Surrey History Centre and the National Centre of Children's Literature in Dumfries, Scotland. 

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy open book

When asked about the grant, Hannah said: 

"I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been given through the Santander Universities Travel Award. In particular, the first chapter of my thesis examines the work of Lewis Carroll and J. M. Barrie, and I have gathered some very fruitful data that I will incorporate in my writing. 

Thank you to the University of Salford and the Santander Universities Travel Award for funding my research!"

[Thanks to Hannah for providing the image]

Another student who received a Travel Award is Antonia, an MA Wildlife Documentary Production student who used the funding to travel around the seabird colonies of the UK over two summers, documenting the effects of ocean warming on seabirds.

Here's what Antonia had to say:

"I have made a documentary film called ‘Living on the Edge’ which explains the adaptations of different seabirds and how they are suited to deal with the new, warming world.

The story takes the viewer underwater to the realms of plankton, shoals of sand eels, jelly fish, and colonies of grey seals, as well as exploring the macro world of rock pools.


"It was fascinating to see how the effects of ocean warming were taking hold; through my research, I learned to really see what I was looking at.

I’m really pleased to say that the whole process has been a great success and I hope to submit the film to wildlife film festivals over the coming year. Many thanks for the financial support. It really made the world of difference during a very difficult time.