2017 winners

The Future CFO of the Year Award sponsored by ACCA

Winner: Ekaterina Christova, University of Cambridge, Economics

Ekaterina is a first-year economics student at the University of Cambridge. She competes on the DanceSport team, is a member of the Bulgarian Society and does access work for her college and the university. During her gap year, Kati worked for Deloitte in the executive remuneration department and spent the summer travelling in Canada, where she was a camp counsellor. While at Deloitte, she helped with recruitment events and carried forward similar responsibilities through her role as a campus ambassador at Cambridge. She has also previously interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She enjoys exploring new places and learning languages. This summer she will be working at Deloitte and teaching English in China.


Josipa Abramovic | University of Glasgow | Accounting and Finance Ekaterina Christova | University of Cambridge, Robinson College | Economics Ciaran Deasy | University of Leicester | Computer Science Jake Goodchild | University of Bath | Business Administration Maxwell Jones | University of Oxford, Keble College | Economics and Management Rishi Khiroya | Loughborough University | Banking, Finance and Management Emiliano Liani | University of Exeter | Accounting and Finance Carola Pagano | University of Warwick | Philosophy, Politics and Economics James Simpson | University of Edinburgh | Russian Studies and Politics Kasper Verkammen | University of Oxford, Balliol College | Economics and Management

Undergraduate of the Year Award for Innovation sponsored by the Deutsche Bank

Winner: Hannah Blair | University of Surrey | Computer Science

Hannah is a computer science student at the University of Surrey. She’s currently completing her placement year at The Walt Disney Company in London. Hannah loves combining creativity with technical projects – mainly mobile and web apps – and focusing on user interface and user experience design, having learned valuable skills at a mobile development start-up. Hannah regularly attends competitive hackathons, allowing her to apply her problem-solving skills and innovative ideas to developing a winning final product. She won a prize with The Hut Group’s Game of Code for her app idea and design. She’s now running her own web development and design company outside of her full-time job.


Hannah Blair | University of Surrey | Computer Science Simon Cobb | Durham University | Mathematical Sciences Joseph Heade | Loughborough University | Product Design Engineering Rakhilya Mekhteiva | Imperial College London | Joint Mathematics and Computing Ryan Prasad | University of Southampton | Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Management Adnan Salehin | Queen Mary, University of London | Computer Science Durshant Somaskantha | University College London, University of London | Biomedical Sciences

The One to Watch Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by First Names

Winner: Alex Stickler | Cardiff University | Economics and Finance

Alex is a second-year economics and finance student at Cardiff University. He runs informative individual and group sessions for first-year students as a student mentor and has also completed the Cardiff Award alongside his degree, expanding his commercial awareness and business acumen. As senior student and sports ambassador for his school, Alex mastered public speaking and effectively liaised with staff and the community to improve their public image. Combatting brain damage sustained while playing semi-professional rugby, Alex has shown incredible resilience to flourish academically and socially – and continues to play lead guitar in an alternative rock band.


Shannon Balram | Durham University | Economics Samantha Brooks | Durham University | Arts with French and History Sarra Demetriou | Queen Mary, University of London | Physics with Particle Physics Anniken Holst | University of York | Business Management Scott McDonald | University of Liverpool | Marketing George Moore | University of Cambridge, Queens' College Chloe Munford | Manchester Metropolitan University | Economics and Banking Alex Stickler | Cardiff University | Economics and Finance Adam Tilley | University of York | Management Hugh Williams | University of Warwick | Economics

The Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by E.ON

Winner: Craig Stephen | Heriot-Watt University | Mechanical Engineering

Craig is an undergraduate mechanical engineer studying at Heriot-Watt University. In 2016, he secured scholarship awards from The Saltire Foundation and The Incorporation of Hammermen of Edinburgh. These enabled him to travel to Silicon Valley to intern for a health-tech start-up company developing life-saving medical devices. Craig is passionate about giving back: he volunteers his time as president of Heriot-Watt Boxing Club and as a mechanical engineering ambassador. He’s also taken on ambassador roles for the Sports Union and The Saltire Foundation. During his recent internship, Craig raised over £1,000 for two charities by swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.


Celine Adamson | Heriot-Watt University | Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering Gideon Adekunle | Loughborough University | Electronic and Electrical Engineering Thomas Franks | University of Portsmouth | Mechanical Engineering Manoj Murali | Imperial College London | Mechanical Engineering Michael Pritchard | Aston University | Electronic and Electrical Engineering Alec Sims | University of Leeds | Mechanical Engineering Craig Stephen | Heriot-Watt University | Master of Mechanical Engineering Callum Thomson | Heriot-Watt University | Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering Ion Ursu | University of Edinburgh | Electronic and Electrical Engineering Stuart Watson | University of Manchester | Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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

Winner: Kirsten Alexander-McGarry | University of Strathclyde | International Business with Modern Languages

Kirsten is a third-year student at the University of Strathclyde studying international business with modern languages, specialising in management with French. Kirsten is the youngest member of the board of directors at Glasgow Women’s Library – the only accredited museum of women’s history in the UK. She is a Saltire scholar, represents her university as a languages ambassador in high schools throughout Scotland and is the social media manager for the Strathclyde Women in Business Society. Kirsten works with local young people in Glasgow and assists with the planning of an annual international youth festival on the island of Iona.


Kirsten Alexander-McGarry | University of Strathclyde | International Business with Modern Languages Rosie Despard | Lancaster University | Retail Management Alvaro Ferreira | Royal Holloway, University of London | Management with International Business Ridah Hashmi | University of Strathclyde | Immunology and Pharmacology Gursharan Kambo | Aston University | Business and Management Jessica Lane | University of Sheffield | International Business Management Sophie Langman | University of Exeter | Business and Management with Spanish Georgia Middleton | De Montfort University | Business and Management Pamela Ugoji | Aston University | Business and Sociology Alexander Young | Swansea University | Business Management

The Computer Science, IT & Physics Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by FDM

Winner: Kieran Stone | Aberystwyth University | Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Although Kieran is currently studying artificial intelligence and robotics at Aberystwyth University, he spent his third year working for Abaco Systems, creating suites of automated tests for a manufacturing automation project. Kieran is passionate about computing for the younger generation. During his year in industry, he regularly helped out at code clubs at local schools to teach younger children the fundamentals of coding and show them how to improve their CV and presentation skills. Kieran is an avid comic book reader and he founded the Aberystwyth Comics and Cartoons Society, which provides weekly showings of nostalgic cartoons and the latest animated movies.


Francis Brown | University of Essex | Computer Science Callum Dickson | University of Abertay Dundee | Computing Ina Michelle Marie Fridlund | University of Birmingham | Physics Theodore Gregory | University of Birmingham | Computer Science Zoe Hallam | Loughborough University | Computer Science and Mathematics Massissilia Hamadouche | Queen Mary, University of London | Astrophysics Bryn Hanby-Roberts | University of Manchester | Computer Science Jordan Lindsey | University of Birmingham | Physics with Astronomy Andrew Miller | Imperial College London | Physics Kieran Stone | Aberystwyth University | Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

The Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award Sponsored by Gazprom

Winner: Connor Vidal-Cocker | University of Reading | Mathematics

Connor is a second-year mathematics student at the University of Reading. In his spare time he helps run, and plays for, an 11-a-side football team. He also enjoys long-distance running and recently completed his second half-marathon. In 2014, Connor spent two weeks in Indonesia completing conservation work in both the tropical rainforest and coral reefs, where he qualified as a PADI scuba diver. He fundraised £3,000 for Operation Wallacea in the process by organising various bake sales and quiz nights. Connor has progressed all the way through the scouting movement, going from a Beaver to a Young Leader.


Jacopo Brioni | University College London, University of London | Economics Tom Donnelly | Durham University | Economics Pawel Kaluzny | Cardiff University | Accounting with a European Language - German Robert Kirk | University of York | Natural Sciences Specialising in Chemistry/Physics Amy Lees | University of Sheffield | Economics Paige Marshall | University of York | Masters of Mathematics in Mathematics Vivien Nagy | University of Aberdeen | Accountancy and Economics Darshan Patel | University of Southampton | Mathematics Joseph Todd | University of Bristol | Economics Connor Vidal-Cocker | University of Reading | Mathematics

The Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Laing O’Rourke

Winner: Matthew Welsh | Nottingham Trent University | Civil Engineering

As the president of Nottingham Trent University’s Civil Engineering Society, Matthew is always seeking new ways to innovate in the industry and with the people who shape it. Most recently, through his work as an ICE student brand ambassador, Matthew was involved in the organisation of Sir John Armitt’s ICE guest lecture at the university, addressing the future of the industry and the challenges posed by Brexit. Following successful summer placements, Matthew is looking forward to undertaking an industrial placement year and facing new, exciting challenges within the industry.


James Campbell | Sheffield University | Civil Engineering Alina Dragancea | University of Bristol | Civil Engineering Serena Gough | The University of Nottingham | Civil Engineering Matthew Groome | Nottingham Trent University | Quantity Surveying and Construction Management Christine Haine | Cardiff University | Civil & Environment Engineering Vasilis Lyssiotis | Imperial College London | Civil Engineering Cameron Millar | University of Cambridge | Engineering Edward Nichols | University of Bath | Civil Engineering Julian Vercruysse | The University of Edinburgh | Master in Structural Engineering with Architecture Matthew Welsh | Nottingham Trent University | Civil Engineering

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

Winner: Angus Gillan | University of Birmingham | Ancient History

Angus is studying ancient history at the University of Birmingham. Elected secretary general of the Model United Nations (MUN) Society, he ran IBUMUN 2017, one of the largest MUN conferences in the UK, and has received awards at several conferences, including ‘Best Delegate’. Alongside his studies, Angus enjoys being a radio presenter and political writer with Just Debate UK. Angus also sits on the faculty committees as the representative for approximately 1,000 students within the School of History and Cultures. He has been an academic mentor, as well as a brand ambassador for Virgin Media, Circle and New European.


Patrik Birkle | University College London, University of London | Management Science Cedric Blanc | Loughborough University | Diploma of Professional Studies João Monteiro Fernandes | Royal Holloway, University of London | Business and Management Connor Gascoigne | University of Leicester | Mathematics Angus Gillan | University of Birmingham | Ancient History Jack Long-Martinez | University of Cambridge, Magdalene College | Human, Social and Political Sciences Ludovic Meaby | University of St Andrews | Mathematics and Philosophy Adam Powell | Swansea University | Physics Quentin Souriau | Warwick Business School | International Management Max Thomas | University of Manchester | Music with Spanish

The Future Business Leader Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Mars

Winner: Oliver Haddon | University of the West of England | Business

Oliver is a business student at the University of the West of England, while also working for a software company based in Bristol as a business development intern. During university he has regularly trained and played national league rugby for Dings Crusaders. He has also developed a passion for travel, which has meant he has travelled to Africa, America, Europe and Asia – and completed work experience as an accountant in India. Oliver has used these experiences to co-found a marketing company, which utilises virtual reality technology and 360-degree cameras, after winning the UWE apprentice challenge, alongside two other students.


Richard Bannister | University of Leeds | Economics Georgiana Cazan | University of Leeds | International Business and Marketing Oliver Haddon | University of West England | Business Andrew Jamieson | University of Warwick | Economics Nathan Johnson-Paul | University of Warwick | Politics and International Studies Emma Law | University of Strathclyde | Psychology Nicole O'Rafferty | University of Strathclyde | Marketing with Business Enterprise Jordan Parsons | Durham University | Politics Bridie Tubb | University of Manchester | Economics Cristian Urigiuc | University of Nottingham | Economics

The First Year of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays

Winner: Tai Lee | Newcastle University | Economics

Tai is an economics student at Newcastle University and regularly participates in voluntary projects. As the vice president of AIESEC Newcastle, Tai leads the committee in helping aspiring youths create a positive impact through personal development and volunteering experiences. She is also a dedicated team member of Enactus Newcastle, a project that aims to teach entrepreneurship to women from minority backgrounds. Tai participated in a local competitive football team for four years and also enjoys reading and travelling. She is intrigued by development economics and plans to volunteer in Sri Lanka during the summer to help small scale entrepreneurs grow.


Pawel Guzik | King's College London, University of London | Law Joshua Higgins | Lancaster University | International Business Management Lisa Johnson-Davies | University of Leeds | Japanese and Economics Eleanor Knight | University of York | Accounting, Business Finance and Management Tai Lee | Newcastle University | Economics Kadejha Morgan | University of Leicester | Economics Nilan Patel | City University London | Economics with Accounting Oliver Tidey | University College London, University of London | Law Nina Wieretilo | University of Oxford St Catherine's College | Economics and Management Theodore Wilson | University of York | Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The Female Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner: Trisha Saxena | Imperial College London | Physics

Trisha studies physics at Imperial College London and is the organising chair of the UK Space Design Competition 2017, which engages around 800 students each year in designing space settlements based on briefs written by NASA engineers. She took part herself two years ago and was one of twelve students selected to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Centre. Trisha is a member of the executive committee for UKSEDS, a national organisation that aims to increase student involvement in the space industry. She also delivers skills training to volunteers through Imperial College Union, for which she is accredited by the Institute for Leadership and Management.


Giulia Beverino | University of Strathclyde | Production Engineering and Management Alicja Boryn | University of Oxford, Wadham College | Biological Sciences Sydney Holt | University of Leicester | Law Jodie Howlett | Sheffield Hallam University | Mechanical Engineering Hattie Jones | University of Manchester | Management with Marketing Kate Mackie | Newcastle University | Pharmacology Phoebe Price | Durham University | English Literature Trisha Saxena | Imperial College London | Physics with Theoretical Physics Joanna Tomlin | University College London | Mechanical Engineering & Business Finance Lucía Vázquez Vaquero | Swansea University | Product Design Engineering