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Sharon's story

How collaboration helped raise the aspiration and leadership potential of disabled students

Sharon Squire, Head of CSR Santander UK

Since 2010 Common Purpose has worked in partnership with Santander to run a campaign raising the aspiration and leadership potential of disabled students across the UK. In the past six years, together we have:

  • Developed an experiential leadership course for university students with disabilities delivered twice a year, every year, reaching 40 students per programme and delivered an annual workshop for alumni of the course.
  • Engaged over UK 100 universities in the initiative, who recruit and nominate students to participate.
  • Facilitated five students per year, alumni of Frontrunner for Disabled students, to join Santander as paid interns.  
  • Launched a mentoring scheme, matching 20 Santander employees with programme alumni.
  • Showcased Santander both as a responsible employer and an engaged member of the community through their employees' participation in the courses as contributors or visit hosts. 

"We are extremely keen to ensure that we have a diverse workplace at Santander. Our partnership with Common Purpose is one of the great ways to share the Santander story. [It] is of great value to us as through their networks they are able to link us in to students from different areas, different backgrounds, different experiences and abilities, who can come and experience the Santander workplace. These students will hopefully become part of our future workforce."