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Are you the most Innovative Undergraduate of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the most Innovative Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for an analytical thinker who is curious, creative and fanatical about innovation.

Applications for the awards are now closed.


A summer internship! HSBC is offering its winner a paid summer internship commencing 2020, one-to-one mentoring sessions and a breakfast meeting with a senior manager. There is also the possibility of securing a place on the HSBC Global Graduate Programme. On top of this, the other finalists will be guaranteed a place at its internship assessment centre.

To enter you must:

  • be an undergraduate student at a university in the UK
  • be in your penultimate year at university
  • be available to accept the prize of a summer internship with HSBC commencing in June/July 2020

What makes an award winner?

Our winner could be studying any degree subject, from computer science or physics to history or French. What's more important is that you are passionate about innovation.

Our winner will:

  • be naturally proactive and self-motivated
  • possess a hunger for knowledge and an ability to learn quickly
  • be an analytical thinker with an eye for detail
  • examine problems in unique and unusual ways
  • continuously explore and experiment with new options and solutions
  • stay calm under pressure and recover quickly from setbacks
  • thrive in achieving results through teamwork
  • be comfortable taking risks, even if it means failure, seeing it as an opportunity for learning

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by HSBC.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit one online test designed exclusively by our partner SHL and further tests set by HSBC.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Submit by 31.01.20

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 31 January 2020.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 21 February 2020.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by HSBC.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 4 September 2020 at Canary Wharf, where the award winners will be announced!

HSBC and the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Innovation

HSBC is partnering the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Innovation because we are passionate about innovation and keen to meet individuals who are creative, curious and fanatical about innovation.

HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, with operations in 65 countries and territories. We aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions. Whether it’s improving the products and services we offer our customers today, exploring and applying emerging technologies, or developing entirely new business models, HSBC’s approach to innovation is informed by a deep understanding and observation of our customers’ behaviours, their needs and expectations. This ensures we are solving the right problems for them now and in the future.

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

Entry criteria

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