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Are you the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for a student who is making a positive difference within the LGBTQ+ community. This could be as someone who is actively breaking down barriers and leaving a legacy or it could be as someone who acts, as a role model – by being fully themselves and excelling in their field.


You could win a unique experience with Clifford Chance, including work experience tailored to your interests and various networking opportunities with the firm's LGBTQ+ network.

Applications for the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2023 are now closed.

Introducing our 2023 finalists...

Ahmed Hayat | Northumbria University | Law

Bailey Hope | University of Dundee | Geography

Jack Liepa | Lancaster University | Politics and International Relations

Kass Caldicott | University of Cambridge | Law

Lee Bowditch | University of Salford | Business and Management

Leo Tidmarch | University of Oxford | European and Middle Eastern Languages

Maria Ni | King’s College London | Pharmacology

Reuben Cornwell | Loughborough University | Mathematics and Physics

Rylee Spooner | University of Chichester | Advanced Applied Psychology

Zab Birch | Coventry University | Law

What makes an award winner?

As our winner, you will be ready to seize this opportunity to showcase the contributions that you have made in the LGBTQ+ space and to be a role model for other students who might be struggling with their identity or questioning what they can achieve personally and professionally.

You will also possess:

  • an analytical mindset
  • great attention to detail
  • the ability to think commercially
  • a knack for problem solving
  • strong teamwork skills
  • leadership potential
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • ambition and a willingness to grasp new opportunities.

'The award has been an amazing springboard for many new and exciting opportunities while also providing an incredible platform on which to amplify minority voices and inclusion projects.' – Tom Moran, LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year 2019.

'Winning the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award has hands down been the highlight of my year thus far. Firstly, to have the work that I have done with FUSE be recognised on such a large, prestigious platform is not only a fantastic opportunity for more LGBTQ+ students of colour to be inspired to start similar initiatives, but also to shine a light on a vibrant, diverse community that is often considered as not much more than a minority within a minority.' – Zareen Roy-Macauley, LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year 2020.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by Clifford Chance.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Submit by 30.01.23

Your details must be submitted by 30 January 2023.

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Clifford Chance.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 21 April 2023, where the award winners will be announced.

Clifford Chance and the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award

We're delighted to be partnering the LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award for the fourth year alongside National Student Pride and ATTITUDE. This award celebrates the diverse range of talent, endeavours, and achievements made by LGBTQ+ students.

We recognise the unequivocal right of every individual to be who they are. We feel a sense of duty to champion, pioneer and campaign for the equal rights of under-represented groups wherever possible. We strive to ensure that we create an environment that not only embraces people from all walks of life but celebrates their identity and individuality, providing a foundation from where they can flourish. We're committed to doing everything possible to deliver greater equality for LGBTQ+ people in our firm, help build the capacity of our clients to be stronger supporters of equality, and drive real change across the world.

If you identify as LGBTQ+, this is your opportunity to showcase the contributions that you have made in the LGBTQ+ space and to be a role model for other students who might be struggling with their identity or questioning what they can achieve personally and professionally.

But why would a global law firm partner this award, and why is your sexuality even important? Well, the answer is very simple.

Whether you've considered a career in law or not, providing legal services to our clients relies heavily on our amazingly talented and diverse people. Our clients are made up of a range of businesses, and to find ever better solutions to our clients’ most important challenges, we must build the best team, made up of people from a range of demographics including different gender identities and sexual orientations.

It’s our aim to be the LGBTQ+ employer of choice in the legal sector, where our culture supports people to be themselves, all day, every day – so this award means everything to us.

Find out more about Clifford Chance here.

Entry criteria