Are you the Female Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

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

To enter you must:

  • be a female undergraduate student at a UK university 
  • be in your penultimate year of a 3 year degree, or second or penultimate year of a 4 year degree, and not graduate until at least 2016
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.
  • have the right to work in the UK after graduation
  • be available to accept a 2015 summer internship with Rolls-Royce

Applications from any degree discipline are welcome, however Rolls-Royce encourage applicants from those studying supply chain, engineering, manufacturing and languages.

Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.

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

• 10 week paid summer internship commencing June 2015 • 1 or 2 weeks at a European facility • “ Day in the life of a Senior Female Manager” fantastic opportunity to shadow a Senior Female Manager for a day • Apple oPad • Rolls-Royce Branded Gifts

How do I win?

• 10 week paid summer internship commencing June 2015 • 1 or 2 weeks at a European facility • “ Day in the life of a Senior Female Manager” fantastic opportunity to shadow a Senior Female Manager for a day • Apple oPad • Rolls-Royce Branded Gifts

It’s not easy to win the 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.

Stage 1

Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by Rolls-Royce.

Stage 2

Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete four 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, numerical and inductive reasoning related tests. We will then invite up to 60 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. This will involve an assessment centre on 26 and 27 February at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby. Candidates must be available to travel to Derby on these dates in order to proceed in the competition. Candidates will have a site tour as part of the assessment event and meet some of our senior females. From there, Rolls-Royce will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first online stage.

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.

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Read more about last years winner, Courtney Gill's summer at Rolls Royce.


Rolls-Royce and the Female Undergraduate of the Year

Our people are our power. Their pride in what Rolls-Royce has achieved, their commitment to delivering excellence to our customers, and their vision of what we can achieve in the future are all fundamental to our continued success. We're a global organisation, employing over 55,000 people in 45 countries, and we've spent the past 100 years building a reputation for technical innovation and excellence.

The relentless innovation of the Group's products makes it imperative that we have the best workforce in the business. To ensure this, we seek to create a diverse and inclusive working environment that attracts and retains talented people, enhances flexibility and motivation, and encourages involvement in the ongoing success of our company. We are also committed to developing our people's skills through a range of world-class training programmes, and to encouraging a wider interest in science and engineering.

We work with schools and universities to encourage females and ensure that they have every opportunity to maximise their potential - not only in engineering and manufacturing but across all subjects and skills.

We hope the female undergraduate of the year 2015 will help to celebrate the success of the many impressive females in further education and that it will also inspire young females considering their next steps and future careers.

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Previous winner

Courtney Gill, Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Female Undergraduate of the Year

Courtney being presented with the award by Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce

Courtney successfully captained the University Golf Team this year to a strong victory against Oxford and serves as Vice-President of the Osprey's (Blues Sporting Society). Courtney is the Alumni Director of Cambridge's Finance and Investment Society and was selected as a Deutsche Bank Scholar. She has spent the last two summers teaching in Hong Kong and Thailand and served as Chapel Warden of Trinity College. Courtney loves to ski, swim and play nearly all sports. She also enjoys travelling to exotic places and learning new languages.

Read more about last years winner, Courtney Gill's summer at Rolls Royce.


Stop! Our applicatin system is currently not supported on iPads, other tablets and smart phones, so head to a desktop computer and let’s get started!

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.