If you are a student and require more infomation about any of our awards please contact:
The Undergraduate of the Year Awards Team
T +44 (0)1491 828915
E targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards Team
If you are considering entering a particular award please include this information in your email.
If you are an employer and would like to get involved in these awards please contact:
The targetjobs events sales team
T +44 (0)20 7654 7237
E Paul Clarke
What is the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards?
The targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards is an annual competition aimed at finding the best undergraduates in the UK. Each award is partnered by a prominent graduate recruiter or professional body who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, including a paid internship and other exclusive opportunities.
How do I apply?
On the website, choose the award you want to apply for and hit the apply button! You will be asked to register and fill in some information about yourself. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be asked to answer no more than four essay-style questions and complete no more than three psychometric tests. And that’s it!
Why should I apply to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards?
Every step of the application process will be beneficial to you. You will gain experience answering interview-style questions and psychometric tests, which are often used within the graduate recruitment process. If you progress to the next stages, you will have fantastic networking opportunities with both employers and like-minded students!
What prizes are available?
The prizes vary between each award but, in general, there are paid summer internships and placement roles available with the award partners.
Will I only benefit from the awards if I win?
No! As soon as you start your application you'll begin to gain valuable experience. From practising online tests, to experiencing assessment centres you'll be a winner regardless of the outcome. Many of our award partners this year also have opportunities available for their finalists should they be succesful.
About the awards
How many awards can I apply for?
You can only apply for one award each year. However, you can apply again next year.
What types of awards are there?
There are numerous types of awards, but they can fit into two categories:
- Future career areas (eg Future Lawyer or Management)
- Personal characteristics (eg Black Heritage, LGBTQ+ or Female)
Make sure to read all the awards available to see which one is right for you.
How do I know which award is right for me?
Take some time to thoroughly understand all the awards. Read about the award criteria and prize and research the award partner. Make sure you feel passionate about the prize and organisation, as this will drive your determination to succeed.
Who sets the entry criteria?
The award partner who is offering the opportunity is the one to set the entry criteria.
Can I apply for an award without studying a relevant degree?
Of course, unless it is stated within the entry criteria that you must be studying a certain degree.
Will studying an unusual or niche degree hinder my application?
No! We welcome applicants from all degree subjects.
My degree is a masters of engineering (MEng) and I am in my final year. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, but make sure to check the entry criteria for the specific award you wish to apply for.
I am a first-year undergraduate student. Can I still apply?
Yes, but make sure to check the entry criteria to see if first-year students are eligible for the specific award that you want to apply for.
If an award’s entry criteria states penultimate-year students, and I am a final year, am I still eligible?
No and, if you do apply, your application will be rejected.
Can mature students apply/is there an age limit?
Undergraduate students of all ages are welcome to apply.
What does the “right to work in the UK after graduation” mean?
Due to the prizes offered by each of the award partners, unfortunately we cannot accept applications to some of the awards if you do not have the right to work in the UK after graduation. This means if you are on a student (Tier 4) visa then you unfortunately can’t apply. When considering whether you are eligible to apply, please take your current situation into account, rather than what may or may not happen in the future. If you have a British passport, you can apply to all our awards.
However, we do have awards available for students who don’t have the right to work in the UK and these are:
- the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year
- the Future Actuary Undergraduate of the Year
- the Maths, Physics and Economics Undergraduate of the Year
- the First Generation Undergraduate of the Year
What happens after I submit my application?
Should your application be successful, we will contact you in February via email once applications have closed.
I am struggling with my application. Do you have anything that can help me?
Here are some helpful links to support you through your application:
- Read our guide to online application forms
- Familiarise yourself with the STAR technique for answering application and interview questions
- Get advice on psychometric tests
- Attend one of our exclusive events or webinars
- Research top employers using our organisation hubs
I'm entitled to extra time on the psychometric tests. What should I do?
Please email us stating your requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange this for you.
I encountered some technical issues when trying to apply. What should I do?
Please email us with as much information about the issue and, if you can, please screenshot the issue. Send us an email at email@example.com and we will get in touch as soon as we can.
The Grand Final
If I'm successful when is the grand final?
If you are selected as a finalist you will be invited to the awards ceremony in Central London on 21 April 2023.
What happens on the day?
The day begins with a drinks reception, opening speeches and a 3 course meal. This is then followed by the awards ceremony which is hosted by a famous guest. In previous years we've had Sue Perkins, Rachel Riley and Sir Trevor McDonald OBE .
Can I claim my expenses?
A contribution to expenses will be made for finalists travelling to the venue.
Can I bring a plus one?
Please note that due to the size of the venue finalists will NOT be able to bring a plus one.
My question hasn’t been answered. What should I do?
We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.