Are you the Low Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

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

To enter you must:

  • be a penultimate or final year undergraduate at a UK university.
  • study chemistry, physics, control and instrumentation engineering, environmental science, materials science, metallurgy, sustainability, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or other related degrees.
  • be expecting at least a 2.1.

Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.

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

A paid internship with EDF, lunch with a station director and a visit to a nuclear power station in France.

How do I win?

A paid internship with EDF, lunch with a station director and a visit to a nuclear power station in France.

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 two special questions posed by EDF Energy.

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 a situational judgement test, OPQ test, numerical test and an inductive reasoning test. We will then invite 40 candidates to pass through to the next stage after the closing date on 4 February 2015.

Stage 3

The 40 best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. This will involve an assessment centre including technical interview led by EDF Energy. EDF Energy will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first and second stages.

Stage 4

The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London as special guests of EDF Energy. The awards take place on 24 April 2015, where the winner will be announced.


Read more about last years winner Celine Dischamps.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy and the Low Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year

For EDF Energy, climate change, energy affordability and security of supply are the key global issues that by 2050 will require the complete transformation of our company, our industry and our nation. EDF Energy is the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity and the largest supplier of electricity based on volume in Great Britain. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, EDF Energy employs around 15,000 people, and supplies electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts.

As an energy company we recognise we have been part of the problem. But we are also part of the solution. And we’re playing a leading role in the fight to reduce carbon emissions. We need a diverse range of energy sources which must include nuclear. We believe there is no other practical way of securing enough low-carbon affordable energy for the long term. Our core sustainability commitment is to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity production by 60% by 2020. This is a human challenge not just a technical one. Sponsoring the

Low Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year award helps us to identify and work with the brightest talent that can help us address these challenges for a brighter future.   

What makes an award winner?

We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record, along with a passion for the environment and a belief in encouraging low-carbon behaviour. They’ll also have a demonstrable interest and understanding of sustainable development and associated issues affecting the energy industry. Strong written communication skills that demonstrate concise and engaging writing style and  an ability to condense technical information are required as well as strong analytical skills and the ability to be methodical and detailed in their work.

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Previous winner

Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year winner 2014 Celine Dischamps

Celine being presented with the award by Joanne Norman – Programmes Team Lead for the Future Capability and Early Careers team

Celine Dischamps, Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester

As a committed Student Ambassador, Celine promotes higher education to underprivileged children. She was also a PASS leader last year, where she enjoyed coaching first year students. An enthusiastic world traveller, Celine spent a semester studying at the National University of Singapore and was awarded the prestigious Singapore DUO Exchange Award. She interned at Etex’ Development center and at BlueCross hospital, volunteered Lyndon's Art Trust and cycled the Bogle 78 mile charity ride. Celine also reached grade eight level in ballet and plays for her university's korfball team.

Read more about last years winner Celine Dischamps.