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Are you the First Generation Undergraduate of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding First Generation Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for an agile thinker who is a natural people person and embraces diversity..


A summer internship! BT is offering its winner a paid summer internship commencing in 2023, one-to-one mentoring sessions and a breakfast meeting with a senior manager.

To enter you need to:

  • be an undergraduate student at a university in the UK
  • be in your penultimate year at university
  • be the first generation of your family to go to university
  • be on track to receive a 2:1
  • be available to accept the prize of a summer internship with BT Group commencing in 2023.

What is first generation?

You count as first generation to go to university even if your brothers or sisters, husband, wife or partner, foster parents, care workers, uncles, aunts and other members of your extended family have gone to university. You also count as first generation even if a parent who you have had no contact with during your secondary and post-16 education (or longer) went to university. Equally, applicants who have been adopted count as first generation even if their biological parents went to university.

You do not count as first generation if any of the following have gone to university or are currently doing so: your parents, step parents, a parent’s unmarried partner living in the same household or adoptive parents who lived in the same household as you throughout the three-year period prior to the start of your university course.

What makes an award winner?

Our winner of the First Generation Undergraduate of the Year Award could be studying any degree subject, but they will possess certain skills and qualities. They will:

  • be self-motivated, naturally proactive and enjoy working on their own initiative
  • possess a hunger for knowledge and an ability to learn quickly
  • embrace diversity and build strong, trusting relationships with all kinds of people
  • be able to engage with others respectfully and listen carefully
  • stay calm under pressure and recover quickly from setbacks
  • thrive in achieving results through teamwork
  • be able to adapt their communication style and approach based on others’ needs and preferences.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by BT Group.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests set by BT Group.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Submit by 30.01.23

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2023.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 28 February 2023.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by BT Group and you may be invited to an assessment centre.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 29 April 2022, where the award winners will be announced!

BT Group and the First Generation Undergraduate of the Year Award

At BT, we know how important it is that our people are a representative workforce that reflects the different regions in which we operate. BT graduates come from all walks of life and do some pretty amazing things. They play a crucial role in keeping the country connected.

We offer rotational graduate programmes, which are ideal for those who want to experience a few different areas before they commit to a particular role, as well as graduate jobs for those who know exactly what they want to specialise in from the first day. You can apply for one or the other of these. We also offer summer internships and industrial placements for those looking to get some experience in the world of work while still at university.

Click here to find out more about us and our internship and graduate opportunities.