The winners of the 2013 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition were announced by Sir Trevor McDonald on Friday last week at a glittering ceremony in London. And what a list! Between them, these fantastic students have climbed mountains, set up businesses, won numerous other awards and raised thousands of pounds for charity. They are all excellent students – but they’ve done a lot more than study.
The Undergraduates of the Year come from degree backgrounds ranging from anthropology to chemistry and from universities from Glasgow to Exeter, but what they all have in common is awe-inspiring energy, drive and dedication. The announcement of the awards created a flurry of activity on Twitter, with everybody involved keen to share their excitement.
— Jake Tudge (@jaketudge) April 19, 2013
The awards are run in association with SHL, a specialist in helping graduate recruiters identify top talent, and SHL worked closely with all of the employers sponsoring the awards to devise assessment processes that would prioritise their key skills and competencies.
The winners are the closest fit possible for the culture and work of the sponsoring employers, so if you want to get an idea what top recruiters are looking for, take a look through the brief biographical details below.
Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Barclays
Winner: Marie Notermans, studying English and Spanish at the University of Exeter
Marie funds herself through university with her small online media marketing business. She was awarded the Languages for World Peace and Understanding scholarship for her third year abroad, which she has spent in Spain, teaching English and developing links with institutions in the UK.
The prize: a ten-week summer internship on the Barclays Wealth and Investment Management Internship programme and a meeting with the Barclays Wealth and Investment Management CEO.
Undergraduate of the Year Award for Commercial Excellence
Sponsored by Nestlé
Winner: Tessa Fowler, studying anthropology at Durham University
Tessa is involved with a voluntary project mentoring young offenders in prison. Last summer she raised £1500 for Save the Children by organizing a wine tasting event and climbing Kilimanjaro. She has spent seven months teaching in a remote primary school in the South Pacific, raising most of the funding she needed by running a sponsored marathon.
The prize: a 12-week summer internship within the commercial area of Tessa’s choice, plus a Raleigh International expedition to Borneo in 2013.
Construction Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Laing O’Rourke
Winner: Sarah Leggett, studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Sheffield
Sarah is a Grade 8 singer (ABRSM) who achieved her Gold Art Award from Trinity College London prior to starting university. Her interest in engineering and building design was inspired by travel and her love of art.
The prize: an international summer work placement with Laing O’Rourke.
Engineering Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by E.ON
Winner: Jake Tudge, studying aerospace design engineering at the University of the West of England
Jake is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Award and an IMechE committee member who has undertaken a European Union sponsored internship at South West Water, receiving a company award and Rathbones’ Green Intern of the Year Award.
The prize: a 48-week paid placement with E.ON starting summer 2013 and a long-weekend trip for two to visit a key European energy project.
Female Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Rolls-Royce
Winner: Ella Jakubowska, studying English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds
At 18, Ella became one of the youngest organizers of Crisis at Christmas homeless shelters. She is a qualified RAF Lance Corporal and Non-Commissioned Officer and has volunteered as a drama co-ordinator for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and swimming teacher for children with autism.
The prize: a ten-week paid summer placement with Rolls-Royce, an opportunity to shadow a senior female manager for a day, and an Apple iPad.
First Year of the Year Award
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Winner: Joe Peissel, studying economics at the University of Bath
Joe is a black belt in Wado Ryu karate who received a scholarship to study at university on the grounds of academic excellence and has secured a second scholarship from Shandong University in China to pursue his study of Mandarin next year.
The prize: A place on Ernst & Young’s eleven-week Global Student Experience programme, including a week at the International Intern Leadership Conference in Florida.
Future Business Leader Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Mars
Winner: Giovanna Sinisgalli, studying civil engineering with Italian at the University of Sheffield
Giovanna is President of Engineers Without Borders Sheffield. Working for Sheffield RAG, she raised £24,000 for local charities in 2011. She has received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Advanced Award.
The prize: a paid internship for summer 2013, including a one-week trip to the Russian HQ of Mars.
IT and Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Marks & Spencer
Winner: Hassan Qulqass, studying computing science at Aston University
As well as being a full-time student, Hassan is currently working as an IT administrator, a volunteer software developer at the university’s software company, and a freelance developer catering for small to medium local businesses.
The prize: a guaranteed place on Marks & Spencer’s graduate programme and an Apple iPad.
Law Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Mayer Brown
Winner: Stephanie Esuola, studying law at the University of Warwick
Stephanie is a grade 7 drummer who mentors a first year student and has undertaken work experience in a diverse range of law firms.
The prize: a place on Mayer Brown’s summer work experience programme, plus accommodation allowance and an Apple iPad.
Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by EDF Energy
Winner: Maximilian Feller, studying chemistry at Cardiff University
Maximilian enjoys reading, football and alpine skiing, and is in line to achieve a First. He is excited by the challenge of a low carbon future and passionate about being at the forefront of these changes.
The prize: a paid internship with EDF Energy, a personal lunch with a station director and a visit to a nuclear power station in France.
Management Undergraduate of the Year
Sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Winner: George Fisher-Wilson, studying management studies at the University of Leicester
George is the Vice President of the Leicester University Traders and Investors society and runs a small import business in his spare time. He is also employed by Vodafone as a sales advisor.
The prize: A ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including a week in the USA.
Mathematics, Economics and Finance undergraduate of the year
Sponsored by Gazprom Marketing & Trading
The winner: Joshua Brown, studying business economics at the University of Glasgow
Joshua is a singer-songwriter who has released four CDs. He spent his third year at the University of Melbourne, and was an ambassador for his University’s Study Abroad program. He has interned as a Fixed Income Trading Assistant for three months with Morgan Stanley.
The prize: a summer internship at Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s global HQ in London and a week’s placement in their Singapore office.