The Awards were set up to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific areas, such as degree subjects (finance, computer science etc) and other categories (black heritage, LGBT+ etc). Being the best means having a combination of academic excellence, the ability to pass a series of difficult online assessments, good written communication and, finally, the interpersonal skills necessary to compete with other students in assessment centres run by the sponsoring organisations. The final shortlist of ten students for each award are invited to the awards ceremony in London in September, where the winners are announced.
Each award is sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, including a paid internship, trips abroad and other exclusive opportunities.
Each award has clearly stated entry criteria, including year of study and a minimum educational requirement. Students who don't meet the entry criteria will not be considered.
Undergraduates from all UK universities are eligible – if you meet the entry criteria – and past winners have come from over 30 different universities.
You may well be eligible to enter more than one award but the rules of the competition mean that you can only enter for ONE award, so choose wisely. Read each entry page carefully to see which award you're best suited for before you start the application process.
The 2020 Awards' categories
The entry process
The process starts online with the collection of basic personal information, up to four tests devised by SHL Talent Measurement ™, and up to four questions posed by the sponsor (specific details can be found under the heading ‘How do I win?’ for each award). This phase can take around two hours but you don't need to complete everything in one visit; you can save and come back at any time before the closing date in January.
The students who perform best in the tests and who best match the requirements of the sponsor are selected for the second stage, which often involves meeting other finalists at a sponsor-led assessment centre, as well as undergoing an interview. From there, the best ten students are then invited to the Awards Ceremony in London, where the winner is announced.
The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards are the only undergraduate awards in the UK and are widely recognised by graduate recruiters. Winning a TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award – or being a finalist – often leads to a job offer. Those shortlisted have a recognised accolade to add to their CV and benefit from a networking day with top graduate employers.