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

Finalists

We are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year Award. All 10 finalists of each award are invited to attend the final awards ceremony on 21st April where the winner will be announced.

James Campbell | Sheffield University | Civil Engineering

Alina Dragancea | University of Bristol | Civil Engineering

Serena Gough | The University of Nottingham | Civil Engineering

Matthew Groome | Nottingham Trent University | Quantity Surveying and Construction Management

Christine Haine | Cardiff University | Civil & Environment Engineering

Vasilis Lyssiotis | Imperial College London | Civil Engineering

Cameron Millar | University of Cambridge | Engineering

Edward Nichols | University of Bath | Civil Engineering

Julian Vercruysse | The University of Edinburgh | Master in Structural Engineering with Architecture

Matthew Welsh | Nottingham Trent University | Civil Engineering

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding construction engineering and design undergraduate of the year. You must be a creative thinker, natural problem solver and someone who likes to challenge the status quo.

Win

An all-expenses paid international summer placement! You’ll get to work on one of Laing O’Rourke’s overseas projects – previous winners spent two months in Australia.

What makes an award winner?

We’re looking for people who share our passion for ‘challenging and changing’ the construction 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
  • is a creative thinker and a natural problem solver
  • has a keen interest in the construction industry, meaning you’ll be up to speed with the latest developments and newest techniques.

Project delivery is a team sport, so you’ll also:

  • have excellent communication skills
  • be willing to play an active (even leading) role
  • use your initiative and drive in the face of a challenge
  • be able to work as part of a group, listen to and learn from others around you.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A

Register

Register your details online and answer questions set by Laing O'Rourke.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests designed exclusively by our partner CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage you will be invited by Laing O'Rourke to attend an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!

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 2017 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year awards.

What’s in it for us? Well, we 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.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at: www.laingorourke.com/Careers

Previous winner

Scott Dalton, Civil Engineering, University of Brighton

Scott studied for an MEng civil engineering degree at the University of Brighton. Scott is the chairman of the ICE Students/Graduates committee for Brighton/Gatwick where he has most recently organised a five week professional development course in construction management subjects as well as a schools outreach program. He is also a STEM ambassador and works part time as a social media representative for the university.

‘To make it to the final top ten was a huge achievement for me and to go one step further and win was an absolute honour. I had a great day out celebrating with the other candidates and it was amazing to finish off my time at university with an award to my name,’ says Scott. ‘The prize of a work placement in Dubai with Laing O’Rourke was a fantastic opportunity. I couldn’t wait to get out there.’

Apply

Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on undergraduateoftheyear.com, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

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    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email

Advice from finalists

Erika Tsoi

Erika Tsoi at the 2016 awards ceremony (centre).

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process was a good length compared to other job/internship applications I have done. It was also a very good opportunity to practice the different stages of a job application. I found the initial submission of my application a little scary as I felt I would not get very far in the competition so I put off the initial submission up till the last week of the deadline!

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Absolutely not! Having taken part in this competition has definitely boost my confidence when it comes to job applications, speaking to senior members and communication in general.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Without this competition, I would not have found my graduate job!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Outstanding, exciting, enjoyable.

Kate Prescott

Kate Prescott, finalist in 2015

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process pretty similar to that for most internships and graduate jobs, although with slightly more focus on my personal aspirations and achievements. I think it’s important however to think of not only what you personally can gain from winning the award, but also to consider the point of view of the company sponsoring the award, many of whom are offering exclusive internships or similar opportunities for the winners. Therefore, including information on what you have to offer to the company and why you are interested in that company or sector would probably help during the final stages of the competition.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

I wasn’t really sure what to expect - I felt that I did have many of the personal qualities and experience required to do well in the competition, but with so many applicants it was hard to tell how well I could do. In particular, I was concerned that my quite introverted personality could affect me at the interview stage, but in the end I managed to overcome the nerves! I would advise anyone thinking of applying to give it a go, even if they don’t think they have much of a chance.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Despite not winning the competition, myself and all the other ten finalists of the Female Undergraduate of the Year Awards were offered 10 week internships with Rolls-Royce. This was a fantastic experience, enabling me to experience working in a professional environment on project management type tasks. It has been really invaluable for my CV as evidence of professional experience as well as opening my mind to different career options outside of the standard lab work/ PhD most Chemistry students aspire to.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Exciting, rewarding, opportunities.

Bronte Wright

Bronte Wright, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

Challenging but very rewarding, the initial questions took me the longest as I wanted to make sure they were perfect! The telephone interview was a competency based interview which I had done a couple of before so that one was okay. However, it was the first assessment centre I had ever been too so it was quite nerve-racking, especially as everyone was going for the same prize but I had so much fun on the day, Enterprise were really friendly and welcoming and I learnt a lot!

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Definitely not! I didn’t think I would even make it past the initial application as the 3 questions that were asked were very challenging and required big answers. I was amazed to have got to the Top 10 in the end and even though I didn’t win the ceremony was fantastic and I got to network with so many people!

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Absolutely! From the UGOTY awards I was offered a summer internship with Enterprise in the accounts department of their Nottingham regional headquarters, I was there for three months and really enjoyed it! Since then I have been offered a placement in revenue management down in the European Headquarters but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I will no longer be taking a placement year so I’m searching for summer internships elsewhere. The process was the first proper application process I went through as well so I’ve definitely gained some transferable skills such at networking that I can take forward into future applications!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Challenging, rewarding, exciting.

Kira O'Donoghue

Kira O'Donoghue, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process was tough but enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the Rolls-Royce assessment centre which was challenging but incredibly rewarding; we had the opportunity to network with successful business women and develop our skills in presenting and teamwork.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

No, not at all! I saw the opportunity advertised on my University Careers Service and thought I would do the initial application. I was pleasantly surprised at every stage where I found out I had been successful. I definitely did not expect to make it to the final 10 of the Female Undergraduate of the Year.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

The process has definitely helped me in terms of my career. Despite the fact I didn't win the award I was offered a 10 week internship with Rolls-Royce as a commercial intern. The experience was great and taught me a lot of new skills, allowing me to gain an insight into a business place I was interested in. Upon completion of the internship I was offered a graduate position which I have gladly accepted.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Rewarding, challenging, worthwhile.

Fraser Turner

Fraser Turner, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process is great practice for all the screening processes you will go through while hunting for a real job. It also encourages a bit of creativity and helps you learn key skills such as presentation and group debate. At the same time it is enjoyable and takes you out of your comfort zone, helping you to grow as a person.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

Never in a million years, after reading previous winners bios I never expected to get past the first round!

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Yes, it is an excellent talking point in interviews and secured me a summer internship last year. The experience is a great example of self motivation and you pick up a lot of useful skills along the way!

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Well worth it.

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds, finalist in 2016

How did you find the application process?

The application process was challenging but interesting - Questions were asked which required a strong knowledge of the sponsor company areas of interest. The assessment centre was a good reflection of actual graduate assessment centres which was good practise!

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

I felt I would do fairly well considering how my skills matched the required skills. However, the standard of other candidates was very high, and I was delighted and surprised to make it through into the final 10.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

When informed of having made it into the top 10 candidates, I was also offered the placement which was the award for the overall winner. While I did not win the overall award, getting a work placement had been my main goal and this was completed. My summer placement was an incredible experience and I secured a placement on the graduate scheme at the end of my summer - I begin work once I complete my degree this year.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

A fantastic opportunity.

Alex Quaey

Alex Quaey, finalist in 2015

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process fairly smooth and easy initially. The questions were quite tricky and needed time spent on them but I could apply my experiences to them. After this the assessment centre was a very demanding and tiring day, and tested many of your skills.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

No, not really, as this was the first assessment centre I had attended and there were a lot of candidates. To be selected for the final 10 was surprising, but I did feel I had proven myself on the day.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Yes, definitely. I have been able to explain my experiences in my CV and for job applications and interviews. It has given me an experience of an assessment day and understand the challenging aspects of it. It has also given me the confidence to apply myself in these situations as I know I have the ability.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Demanding, exciting, significant.

Josh Robson

Josh Robson at the 2016 award ceremony (centre-left)

How did you find the application process?

It showed me what it was like in the interview and recruitment stage of trying to find an internship and job. In addition, my confidence and ability to excel myself improved especially when put under pressure.

Did you ever think you would get as far as you did in the process?

I didn’t think I’d make it past the first stage and was shocked at how far I got. It was a great confidence boost.

Has this process helped you in your career to date?

Massively. L’Oreal offered me an internship to complete after I finish my year abroad at the University of Florida.

Sum up your experience of the awards in three words:

Exciting, challenging, motivating.