Are you the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding engineering undergraduate of the year. You must be creative, embrace change and have strong commercial awareness.

To enter you must:

  • have the right to work in the UK after graduation.
  • be studying: Integrated Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control & Instrumentation Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Project Management.
  • be in your penultimate year of an undergraduate degree at a UK university.
  • be interested in working in the energy industry.
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.

What makes an award winner?

We are looking for engineers with the following qualities:

  • A keen interest in the energy industry and willing to complete a placement with us
  • Sound technical knowledge
  • Creative or innovative
  • Change initiator
  • Strong commercial awareness and customer focus

The areas of work that successful candidate(s) will support include:

  • Our Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects
  • Biomass projects
  • District Heating and Energy Centre projects
  • Community Energy projects

Closing date for entries is 28 January 2016.

Awards ceremony takes place on 22 April 2016 at Canary Wharf, London.

How do I win?

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.

Read more about last year's winner Jessica Rafter.


E.ON and the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year

Undergraduates are the vital first link in our early talent strategy. We want undergraduates to come in to our business, and get real experience from Day 1. We want them to be involved in projects that give them experience and give us commercial advantage. And hopefully, with the support at hand and the inclusive culture at E.ON, they will return to us as a graduate to start building their professional careers with us.

Engineering is core to our future success. Without new talented engineers joining the organisation and providing fresh and creative ideas, we’d lose our way. We need the bright sparks and creative thinkers that can challenge how things are done around here. Take Will, our first winner of Undergraduate of the Year, as an example. He joined us for a year after winning the Award, and went on to present an idea that no-one else in our business had – and it saved E.ON close to £1 million. It’s no wonder this sponsorship is vital in supporting future budding engineers to change the future of energy.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Hear from our 2015 winner, Jessica Rafter, in her own words:

Previous winner

Jessica Rafter, Integrated Engineering, Cardiff University

Through having a love for maths and science from a young age, my path became clear that I would want to do engineering but I did not realise this straight away. Being a STEM ambassador helps promote these subjects to the young generation and gets them interested early. Doing both mechanical and electrical helps me look at problems from different perspectives. I’ve loved the variety of my course, whether it’s building a submarine to learning how Laplace transform is relevant to control systems.

Read more about last year's winner Jessica Rafter.


Before you start your application

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

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  • flash player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • 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 MIDNIGHT on Thursday 28 January 2016.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email on
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