Winners 2015

The Future CFO of the Year Award sponsored by ACCA

Winner: Aataullah Naser, Masters of Mathematics, University of Manchester

Aataullah is studying for a Masters of Mathematics degree. After receiving the Hong Kong Foundation Scholarship, he became a scholarship ambassador working with the Alumni Relations office to help secure funding for scholarships at Manchester University.

Working with the University finance team, Aataullah began a project to make highly valuable medical equipment at the University become more accessible to research groups and allow collaboration between other leading universities in the North West. Aataullah belongs to many societies, including the Manchester Model United Nations society where he won an “outstanding delegate” award at a national conference in Leeds.

Finalists:

Alex Quaey, University of East Anglia | Daniel Arnold, Durham University | Daniel Tascon, London School of Economics and Political Science | Laura McKechnie, University of Strathclyde | Lewis Coultas, Robert Gordon University | Maya Patel, University of Liverpool | Oluwanadamilola Payne, University of Birmingham | Ranjeev Juty, London School of Economics and Political Science | Rohan Arora, University of Oxford

The Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by CGI

Winner: Chelsea Sievewright, Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures, University of Abertay Dundee

Chelsea Sievewright is a final year Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures student at Abertay University. She is a teaching assistant at her University and has also completed internships with PGDS and Skyscanner. Chelsea was Interconnects first student champion at Abertay and was responsible for organising and leading a successful networking event for female STEM students. Over 40 women attended including academic staff and professionals from industry. Chelsea recently delivered a talk at the Scottish Parliament about her time working with Interconnect and her experiences as being a woman in technology. Chelsea is also an active member of her local BCS committee.

Finalists:

Daniela Florescu, University of Manchester | Emma Wilkinson, Loughborough University | James Grant, City University London | Kamara Bennett, Aston University | Kimberley McGill, Robert Gordon University | Michael Williams, University of Portsmouth | Shaun Smith, University of Sheffield | Yatin Vadhia, University of Surrey |

The Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by EON

Winner: Jessica Rafter, Integrated Engineering, Cardiff University

Being a STEMNET Ambassador gives me the opportunity to promote engineering to the young generation through teaching in schools. At a self-arranged work placement with BT before university I worked alongside engineers to gain knowledge. I am passionate about world development and recently volunteered in Uganda for 3 months in health centres, prisons and school, when I finish my degree I hope to work in developing countries using my knowledge from university. I am an avid member of the engineering netball team. Integrated engineering encapsulates both mechanical and electrical engineering; I’m very excited to start applying the skills I’ve learnt from this to real projects.

Finalists:

Abbie Roberts, University of Birmingham | Ahmad Khan, University of Birmingham | Benjamin Thomas, University College London | Daniel Mannion, University College London | Jonathan Morris, University of Sheffield | Oliver Derham, University of Warwick | Robert Gauld, University of Strathclyde | Sarunas Nejus, University of Sheffield | Sophie Isbister, University of Strathclyde |

The Low Carbon Energy Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by EDF Energy

Winner: Rahul Taneja, Chemical Engineering with Energy & Environment, University of Manchester

Rahul is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. As a university ambassador, he demonstrates effective leadership and strong team-working skills through various roles such as in his local chemical engineering society where he was president. Maintaining a strong work ethic, he consistently achieves first class in his studies and has also been awarded numerous academic scholarships whilst at university. Having interned in a tobacco packaging firm in Singapore, he enjoys travelling and integrating sustainable practises into the workplace. Outside university he maintains a key interest in the financial markets having been a member of his local trading society.

Finalists:

Aman Majid, University of Sheffield | Amelia Mohammed, University of Exeter | Andrew Wilson, Glasgow Caledonian University | Antony Long, University of York | Luthfilaudri Nadhira, University of Manchester | Paul Guillon, University of Manchester | Richard Devereux, University of Hertfordshire | Ryan Farr, University of Strathclyde | Shahid Neki, University of Manchester |

The Management Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Enterprise Rent a Car

Winner: Jonathan (Nathan) Craig, Industrial Economics, University of Nottingham

Nathan is an Industrial Economics student at the University of Nottingham. He is a Course Representative, meaning he has an active role at the university. Acting on behalf of those on his course, he strives to improve the quality of the learning experience and teaching for future students. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Professional Development for Leadership and Management Award. Nathan is also seeking to complete the Nottingham Advantage Award this year. He has previous experience playing rugby at the highest level, representing Saracens in 2009, continuing this passion through university, representing Nottingham on numerous occasions.

Finalists:

Aaron Sherwood, University of York | Benjamin Wylie, University of Bath | Donna Allcock, Leeds Metropolitan University | Jennifer Lawrence, University of Birmingham | Kate Nichols, University of Nottingham | Kyren Routledge, Loughborough University | Lauren Dwyer, Queens University Belfast | Sophie Penny, University of York | Zoe McCleery, University of Edinburgh |

The Languages Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by EU Careers

Winner: Aysel Kucuksu, LLB English and European Law, Queen Mary University of London

Aysel is a final year English and European Law undergraduate at Queen Mary, University of London. She spent an Erasmus year in Denmark, where she learned Danish alongside studying EU law. She is now fluent in five languages.

Finalists:

In her spare time Aysel enjoys travelling and volunteering. When she was the President of the Queen Mary RAG Society, she co-ordinated the fundraising of £10,000 for local charities. Aysel hopes her degree and her languages will help in her efforts to achieve equal access to justice for all. She is currently volunteering on the Immigration team of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.

Alice Reilly, Cardiff University | Anna Tomlinson, University College London | Emma Therer, University of Edinburgh | Jan-Oliver Distler, Lancaster University | Kristyna Schinnenburgova, University of Nottingham | Laura Muehlenkamp, University of Hertfordshire | Lily McConnell, University of Edinburgh | Magenta Zampieri, Durham University | Melodie Klein, University of Surrey | Robert Povall, University of Leeds | Siri Pantzar, University of Edinburgh |

The Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Winner: Katy Barlow, Mathematics and Economics, University of St Andrews

Katy is a Maths and Economics student at the University of St Andrews. In 2014, she was awarded the Nisbet Prize for top performance in Management, and was also placed on the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence. Katy represents second year Economics students on the staff student consultative committee. Her interests include sport climbing and skiing, and in 2010, she cycled across Switzerland. She has also played tennis for her county and currently captains the University of St Andrews athletics team.

Finalists:

Abimbola Adebayo, University of Cambridge | Alexander Scharrer, Cass Business School | Andreea Amariei, City University London | Dhinta Foster, University of Bath | Goda Dobilinskaite, University of Glasgow | Jacob Stokes, University of Warwick | Jonathon Nicholls, University of Birmingham | Laura Sidhom, University of Manchester | Maria Vittoria Malavolta, Open University |

The Construction, Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Laing O'Rourke

Winner: Jessica Dowdy, Construction Project Management, Oxford Brookes University

Jessica is a Construction Project Management Student at Oxford Brookes University, currently completing an industrial placement as an Assistant Project Leader. As the National Award Winner of the Women in Property Student Awards 2014, she has contributed significantly during her time at university through establishing and leading the Oxford Brookes University Construction Society in addition to becoming student representative for her course. She was also the recipient of the ‘Best Student Award’ for both first and second year. She has completed work experience in Dubai and ran the Oxford Half Marathon, raising £1,664 for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Finalists:

Alexander Baekelandt, University of Edinburgh Chiril Matei, Queens University Belfast Christopher Clarke, University of Strathclyde Elliot Neale, University of Bath Eric Leung, Imperial College London Gareth Allen, University of Leeds Kiera Mudd, University of Leeds Lucy Stephenson, University of Edinburgh Pablo Garcia, University of Greenwich

The Male Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by L'Oréal

Winner: Harrison Dent, European Social and Political Studies, University College London

Harrison is a third-year student at UCL studying European Social and Political Studies. Currently spending his year abroad studying in French at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Harrison is a member of his host university’s Model United Nations team and has just returned from New York where he participated in the National MUN conference, representing Pakistan in the Human Rights Council. Recognised for his leadership skills, Harrison also attended the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington, New York and across China and, based on his participation, he was consequently invited to attend Barack Obama’s second presidential inaugural ceremony.

Finalists:

Adnan Ghor, University of Manchester | Alexander Mäkelä, Lancaster University | Ben Elgar, University of Cambridge | Daniel Huf, University of Cambridge | James King, University of Cambridge | Joshua Graham Smith , University of Manchester | Leon Man, University of Nottingham | Maxime Seguin, University of St Andrews | Rory Bowe, Durham University |

The Future Business Leader of the Year Award sponsored by MARS

Winner: Lynne Howie, Economics and Finance, University of Strathclyde

Lynne Howie is a fourth year Economics and Finance student at the University of Strathclyde. Awarded a Saltire Scholarship in 2014, Lynne worked in Texas with Rolls Royce and American Airlines as their Customer Business Intern. In addition she has worked for Gleneagles hotel over two summers and most recently during the famous Ryder Cup event in 2014. With an entrepreneurial family background, Lynne has her sights set high. She aspires to one day start up a ‘business with heart’, leading a team of associates whilst inspiring the generations to follow. A fitness fanatic and health enthusiast, she leads a very active lifestyle too.

Finalists:

Andrew Grindlay, University of Strathclyde | Elliot LaCour, University of Warwick | Etienne Hupp, Loughborough University | Hiran Adhia, University of Warwick | Isabelle Kerr, University of Bristol | Lily Glasson, University of Nottingham | Mike Stokes, University of Bath | Sam Bowen, University of Birmingham | Vaibhav Bhatla, University College London |

The Law Undergraduate of the Year Award

Winner: Cara Goldthorpe, LLB Law with French Law, University College London

Keen to pursue a career in litigation, Cara has participated extensively in mooting competitions: her greatest achievement winning the London Universities Mooting Shield with the UCL team. She has worked as a paralegal in the Complaints Department at Lloyds Bank (full time during the summer break, part time during the university semester); and in her first year at UCL ran weekly ‘Debate Mate’ sessions for a class of primary school students.

Besides law, Cara enjoys creative writing, and her work explores the human condition. She is also interested in history and other cultures, and is currently on exchange in France.

Finalists:

Alice Radford, Nottingham Law School | Amelia Skelding, Durham University | Annabelle Joy, Bangor University | Bryony Gold, University of Bristol | Divya Patel, University of Birmingham | Emily Francis, Durham University |aa Kishan Parshotam, University of Law | Meshaal Choudhary, University of Kent |

The Female Undergraduate of the Year Award

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.

Finalists:

Anisha Malde, Imperial College London Emma Bagshaw, University of Exeter Emma Yule, University of Edinburgh Kate Prescott, University of Cambridge Lois Wentworth, University of Nottingham Mary Louise Ryall Zuazo, University of Birmingham Melissa Grant, University of Oxford Michelle Bolten, University of Edinburgh Stephanie Baines, University of Manchester