From developing computer games and flying light aircraft to setting up and leading businesses, societies and events, the twelve Undergraduates of the Year 2016 already have plenty of remarkable achievements under their belts. Now their talents and commitment have been recognised by the prestigious awards, which are all sponsored by leading employers, and they’re off to a flying start in their chosen careers.
The winners were announced by TV journalist and presenter Fiona Bruce at a glittering ceremony in London last month, held at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf and attended by the 120 finalists – ten in each category – who had been whittled down from more than 3,000 applicants.
Ashley Hever, talent acquisition manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car which sponsors the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award, praised the quality and diversity of the students his team had met: ‘It is fantastic that so many students wanted to get involved in the competition and it is a brilliant achievement to make it to the final – well done!’
Computer Science & Analytics Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Expedia
Corrie Green is studying for a computer science degree in application software development at Robert Gordon University. He is involved in organising public debates and events throughout the UK to encourage and inspire young developers and has been releasing games he has developed since he was 16. He enjoys learning new technologies for his projects, from 3D animation to creating dynamic web pages and software.
Construction, Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Laing O’Rourke
Scott Dalton is studying for a MEng civil engineering degree at the University of Brighton. He is chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) students and graduates committee for Brighton and Gatwick, where he recently organised a schools outreach programme and a five-week professional development course in construction management. He started work as one of Hyder Consulting’s youngest ever employees before leaving to study.
Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by E.ON
Axel Forssberg is studying for a MEng materials science degree at the University of Oxford. He was elected to the joint consultative committee for undergraduates in 2013, and has been treasurer of the Oxford Materials Society since 2014. In 2015, he won the Oxford materials department’s engineering team design competition, and was awarded a Deutsche Börse scholarship and internship. Before coming to university he served in the Royal Guard of the Swedish Armed Forces.
Female Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Rolls-Royce
Lorna Howie, studying English at Durham University, gained a gliding scholarship at the age of 16 and then learned to fly solo in a light aircraft. These experiences fuelled her interest in the aerospace and aviation industries. She is the captain of coxes for Durham University’s colleges, and captain of her university college’s boat club, which has given her experience of leading an executive committee, managing budgets and engaging alumni. She has also achieved grade 8 in ballet.
Future Business Leader of the Year Award
Sponsored by Mars
Sarahjane Sarkhosh is studying international business with business law at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), where she sits on the executive committee for Enactus GCU. She completed an Erasmus exchange in France and spent a year teaching English in Senegal. After being awarded a Saltire Scholarship in 2015, she completed an internship as a business analyst with GCU New York.
Future CFO of the Year Award
Sponsored by ACCA
Molly Ashton, studying finance, accounting and management at the University of Nottingham, writes a blog which has enabled her to work with various companies and gained more than 12,000 views in the last year. She works part-time providing maths tuition, enjoys riding as part of the University of Nottingham’s equestrian society and is treasurer of the university’s massage society. During her gap year she worked with Boots and gained a pharmaceutical qualification.
Future Civil Service Leader of the Award
Sponsored by the Civil Service Fast Stream
Hayat Mohamed is an international history student at the London School of Economics. She is the founder and president of the LSE Somali Society and is also a student ambassador for widening participation and a brand manager for Teach First. She represents her cohort on the student-staff liaison committee and is a mentor to first year students living off campus.
Law Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Mayer Brown
Aisling Cowell is a final year law student and law school representative at Durham University. She was president of the Durham Union Society and also coordinated the Second Chance Charity Scheme, a county-wide charity that teaches public speaking skills to disadvantaged individuals. She holds a Tae Kwon Do black belt. She intends to become a barrister and was recently awarded the Durham Award, which recognises success in extracurricular activities alongside academic achievement.
Male Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by L’Oréal
Lewis McDowell is studying management at the University of York and works in the University of York careers service. He is also a brand manager for ProperCorn, the second year BA management course representative and the vice president and events coordinator for the University of York Bloggers’ Society. He was the events coordinator for his college committee and a Young Enterprise finalist for the clothing business he set up himself.
Management Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Shona McCotter is studying international business with Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast. In her role as a student development ambassador she is responsible for encouraging students to get involved in the opportunities on offer on campus. In her spare time she has a popular radio show and is involved in the university enterprise society. She is currently on her placement year in Barcelona with the British Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in organising business networking events.
Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by Gazprom
Fraser Holmes-Mackay is studying for a masters in mathematics at the University of East Anglia. He is going to spend his third year studying at the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Alan Buch scholarship by his university’s vice chancellor for his successful application. He spent last summer as an intern at International Financial Data Services, including two weeks in their Bangkok office.
Public Interest Undergraduate of the Year Award
Sponsored by the Bank of England
Amy Fedeski is a history and politics student at the University of Sheffield. She organised an alumni employability event, the Reach conference, along with two other students and is also a history department representative and a volunteer business advisor at Young Enterprise. During her spare time she is a member of Toastmasters International and has recently achieved a competent communicator award recognising her public speaking skills. She spent five years with the Solihull and British Youth Councils representing young people.