Introducing the 2014 Undergraduate of the Year winners

The 2014 winners

The winners of the 2014 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition were announced by Sir Trevor McDonald OBE 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 Classics to physics and from universities from Strathclyde to Southampton, 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.

The awards are run in association with CEB SHL Talent Measurement ™, a specialist in helping graduate recruiters assess, select, and develop the right people using science-based assessments, benchmark data, technologies, and consultancy services. They worked closely with all of the employers sponsoring the awards to devise processes that would help prioritise key skills and competencies.

To find out more about how the 2014 winners and finalists benefited from the awards read their blogs:

Derek Bekoe – Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year winner

Alan Middup – Engineering Undergraduate of the Year winner

Alexander Hughes – Law Undergraduate of the Year winner

Celine Dischamps – Low Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year winner

Samantha Dartnall –  Management Undergraduate of the Year winner

Mark Devine – Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year winner

Brittany Harris – Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year winner

Baran Ceylan – Future Business Leader of the Year winner

Courtney Gill – Female Undergraduate of the Year winner

James Ellis – Languages Undergraduate of the Year winner

Or meet Sarah, who won the Construction award in 2013 and now works for Laing O'Rourke!

And although Kris didn’t win his award, he still made the most of the opportunity! Read more here.


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.

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