Introducing the 2016 Undergraduate of the Year winners

The winners of the 2016 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition were announced by Fiona Bruce at a glittering ceremony in London. And what a list! Between them, these fantastic students have climbed mountains, set up businesses, won numerous other awards and raised thousands of pounds for charity. They are all excellent students – but they’ve done a lot more than study.

The Undergraduates of the Year come from degree backgrounds ranging from international business with Spanish to history and politics and from universities from Oxford to Glasgow Caledonian, but what they all have in common is awe-inspiring energy, drive and dedication. The announcement of the awards created a flurry of activity on Twitter, with everybody involved keen to share their excitement.

The awards are run in association with CEB Talent Assessment™, a specialist in helping graduate recruiters assess, select and develop the right people using science-based assessments, benchmark data, technologies and consultancy services. They worked closely with all of the employers sponsoring the awards to devise processes that would help prioritise key skills and competencies.

The winners are the closest fit possible for the culture and work of the sponsoring employers, so if you want to get an idea of what top recruiters are looking for, take a look through the brief biographical details below.

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Hear from past winners and finalists of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards. We asked them to reveal all about their experience, the application process and their tips for students thinking of following in their footsteps. Just click on the images to read their blogs.

Adam Bevan Management

Axel Forssberg Engineering

Beth Atkinson Management

Corrie Green Computer Science

Hayat Mohamed Future Civil Service Leader

Luisa Huyskens Female

Martin Li Future Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Mazhar Shar Computer Science

Molly Ashton Future Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Sarahjane Sarkhosh Future Leader in Business

Selby Cary Engineering

Shona McCotter Management

Simon Marshall Male

Stephanie Barclay Management