Are you the Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding construction engineering and design undergraduate. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.

To enter you must:

  • be in your penultimate year of an undergraduate degree at a UK university.
  • study construction, civil, mechanical, electrical or architectural engineering.
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.
  • be an EU national with the right to work in the UK after graduation.

Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.

Awards ceremony takes place on 24 April 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.

Win: All expenses paid international summer work placement with Laing O’Rourke.

How do I win?

Win: All expenses paid international summer work placement with Laing O’Rourke.

It’s not easy to win an Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through to reach the final.

Stage 1

Register online to submit your personal data and answer two special questions posed by Laing O’Rourke.

Stage 2

Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include  situational judgement, OPQ and inductive reasoning tests. We will then invite up to 40 candidates to the next stage after the closing date on 4 February 2015.

Stage 3

The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage which will involve an assessment day for up to 20 candidates. From there Laing O’Rourke will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first and second stages.

Stage 4

The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London on 24 April, 2015 where the winner will be announced.

photo of trophys

Read more about last years winner Brittany Harris and her first few weeks on her placement at Laing O'Rourke, and Sarah who won in 2013 and now works for them full time!.

Laing O'Rourke

Laing O'Rourke and the Construction Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year

At Laing O’Rourke we believe talent should be celebrated. We know there are some pretty amazing undergraduates out there – and think it’s time to shine a spotlight on their achievements. That’s why - once again - we’re sponsoring the Construction Engineering and Design Award in the 2013 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards.

What’s in it for us? Well, we’ll get to engage with students, like you, from universities across the UK. We’ll challenge you to think creatively about the future of our sector – and share our insights into the latest developments in project delivery. We’ll show you the many different opportunities open to you – and hopefully inspire you to continue on to a career in our industry.

What’s in it for you? In addition to receiving the recognition of respected industry figures, you’ll be in the running for a summer work placement on one of our projects overseas. Through the selection process, you’ll also gain first-hand experience of the recruitment methods used by major companies like Laing O’Rourke – putting you ahead of many of your peers. But, most importantly, with an award like this in the bag, you’ll be well on your way to a successful future.

What makes an award winner?

We’re looking for people who share our passion for ‘challenging and changing’ the industry. So, you’ll be the kind of person who likes to shake up the status quo – because you know there’s a better way and you’re determined to find it. You’ll be a creative thinker and a natural problem solver. Your keen interest in the industry means you’ll be up to speed with the latest developments and newest techniques.

But project delivery is a 'team sport' so you’ll need excellent communication skills. You won’t be afraid to play an active (even leading) role – and your initiative and drive will come to the fore in the face of a challenge. But, you will also be able to work as part of a group, listen to and learn from others around you.

Find out more about us and our graduate programmes at:

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Previous winner

Brittany Harris, Civil Engineering, University of Bristol

Brittany Harris, Constructin Undergraduate of the Year

Brittany being presented with the award from Mark Richardson, Head of Human Capital

Brittany’s interest in engineering spread from a love of science, art, travel and charity development work.  In her first year she was involved in EWB and became Vice President of EWB Bristol, running a branch partnership with FRANK Water.

To expand her studies she successfully applied for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Award and used this to pursue travel and languages to develop a better understanding of different cultures and the potential of globalisation.

Read more about last years winner Brittany Harris and her first few weeks on her placement at Laing O'Rourke, and Sarah who won in 2013 and now works for them full time!.


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All elements of the competition must be completed by 4 February 2015.

Things to note before you enter:

  1. You may only enter one award.
  2. Before you begin, make sure you’ve checked the entry criteria.
  3. In order to take the online tests, flash player needs to be up to date. You can complete your application on the following browsers:
    a. Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    b. Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    c. Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    d. Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

  1. You do not have to complete all sections in one sitting, you can save your progress and return at any point before 4 February 2015.
  2. When answering the bespoke questions you can save your progress on all answers, by clicking the ‘Save’ button at any time. You should save the page at least every 20 minutes in order to avoid being logged out and losing your answers.
  3. If you have any general queries about the awards please email If you are having technical difficulties please contact technical support below.

Click here for technical support – the team will get back to you between the hours of 9 and 5.30, Monday to Friday.