Are you the Female Undergraduate of the Year?


We are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award. All 10 finalists of each award are invited to attend the final awards ceremony on 22nd April where the winner will be announced.

Georgina Ashby | University of St Andrews | Management

Lorna Howie | Durham University | English Literature

Luisa Huyskens | University of Sheffield | Business Management

Alexandra Lawson | University of Strathclyde | Chemical & Process Engineering

Amy McLauchlan | University of Sheffield | Aerospace Engineering

Nikita Minhas | University of Leicester | Mechanical Engineering

Kira O'Donoghue | University of Manchester | Politics and International Relations

Alice Robinson | Imperial College London | Materials Science and Engineering

Zsofia Sneider | University of Exeter | BSc Economics

Bianka Weber | University of Exeter | History and Politics

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 female.
  • have the right to work in the UK after graduation.
  • be an undergraduate in your penultimate year (or second year if studying a 4 year degree).
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.
  • be available to accept a 2016 summer internship with Rolls-Royce.
  • As part of the prize is a summer internship with Rolls Royce applicants will need to be available between 20 June - 26 August 2016.

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 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 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.

Read more about last year's winner Aleksandra Pedraszewska.


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 over 50 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 2016 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.

Click here to find out more about us and our internship and graduate opportunities.

Hear from our 2015 winner, Aleksandra Pedraszewska, in her own words.

Previous winner

Aleksandra Pedraszewska, Land Economy (Law, Economics, Environment), University of Cambridge

Aleksandra graduated from high school with 44 points in the IB examination. She is a student in Land Economy, combining law, economics and environmental studies at the University of Cambridge. As a president of the CU Polish Society, she co-organized the conference directed at students conducting their research abroad, and initiated a NEXT STEP: POLAND event of active learning about career opportunities in Eastern Europe with a budget of over £12,000. Aleksandra completed internships in areas of venture capital, sales, law and communications, and led an NGO fighting youth unemployment. She is a keen volleyball player, representing the university.

More information about previous winners.

Read more about last year's winner Aleksandra Pedraszewska.


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.

Browser suitability

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

  • 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
The 2016 awards are now closed