Are you the First Year Undergraduate of the Year?

Open to second year students only, studying any degree


A place on Ernst & Young’s eleven week Global Student Experience programme, starting in June 2013, including placements in London and overseas and a week at the International Intern Leadership Conference in Florida.


What are the entry criteria?

We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding first year undergraduate of the year. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record. The rewards are great: the winner will be awarded a place on Ernst & Young’s Global Student Experience (GSE) programme, starting in June 2013. The GSE is an 11-week internship in our Audit practice and includes a four week placement at one of our international offices, one week at our International Intern Leadership Conference in Florida and a six week placement in our London office.

He/she will collect the award at a gala event in Canary Wharf, London on 19 April, 2013.

Even if you don’t win, you still stand a chance of making the final shortlist of ten, all of whom will be royally looked after by Ernst & Young and invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards as their guests.

So if you have just finished your first year and are a current second year undergraduate studying any degree...

And you have a minimum of 340 UCAS points or equivalent and are expecting at least a 2.1…

And you think you were the best first year undergraduate in the UK, click the big button below.

Closing date for entries is 31 January 2013.

How do I win it then?

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 10. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through.

Stage One: Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by the sponsor of the Award. Complete three or 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 somewhere between 30 and 70 candidates will pass through to the next stage. The closing date for entry is 31 January 2013.

Stage Two: The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. The sponsor then decides on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first online stage. This will be done in a variety of ways including telephone interviews, assessment centres and further tests (depending on the sponsor).

Stage Three: The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf London on 19 April, 2013 where the winner will be announced.

Last year's winner: Roberta Kovacs

Roberta is studying Economics at the University of Edinburgh. She has managed various projects, most notably a student business competition called The Edinburgh Apprentice where she led 25 students for four months. She is the President of the Consulting Society and Head of PR for one of the biggest societies, the EconSoc. She speaks four languages. Roberta is passionate about helping start-ups and offers consultancy to several local companies on a part-time basis.

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