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Could you win the Undergraduate of the Year Award Celebrating Neurodiverse Talent?

We're searching UK universities to discover an inspiring neurominority Undergraduate of the Year. We're looking for somebody who brings different perspectives, creative problem-solving skills and unique strengths to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.


You could win a ten-week, paid summer internship starting in June/July 2022, an Apple watch and Rolls-Royce-branded gifts. You’ll also spend a working day shadowing a Rolls-Royce leader – a fantastic opportunity to discover how decisions are made and to build your network.


Eoin Cunningham | Queen's University Belfast | Maths

Jacob Dombkowski | University of Leicester | General Engineering

Dan Everett | Imperial College London | Physics

Tadhg Foley | Queen's University Belfast | Mathematics

Ryan Herbert | Lancaster University | Business Management

Lucy Hitchens | Lancaster University | Law

Nadra Mohamed-Dahir | King's College London | Economics

Rachel Muir | University of Kent | Computer Science

Aneesa Riaz | University of Manchester | Mechatronic Engineering

Gracie Stavers | University of Bath | Chemistry

Kalia Themistocleous | University of Sheffield | Mechanical Engineering

What makes an award winner?

People at Rolls-Royce know that diverse perspectives and experiences make for better ideas and solutions. They’ve seen how their neurodivergent people help them innovate through different ways of thinking, working, evaluating and communicating.

Rolls-Royce is truly interested in what you can bring as yourself. So, tell us what makes you ‘you’. We’ll be looking for a creative problem solver who has got where they are today through determination, resilience, independent and innovative thinking and, potentially, lots of other skills.

You do not have to disclose your condition(s) or diagnosis if you don’t want to. Extenuating circumstances will always be taken into account throughout and we’ll let you know exactly what to expect and when. We encourage communicating your needs for additional support or adjustments (including the online tests). If your needs aren’t already supported in our assessment process, we’ll make sure we accommodate them to make sure you can be at your best.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by Rolls-Royce.

Must be completed by 31.01.22

Personality Questionnaire

Receive an email inviting you to take a personality questionnaire designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 31.01.22

Submit by 31.01.22

Your details must be submitted by 31 January 2022.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 28 February 2022.

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Rolls-Royce.

This stage will involve a virtual or face-to-face 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!

Rolls-Royce and the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Celebrating Neurodiverse Talent

In 1904 Henry Royce, a working-class owner of an electrical and mechanical business, met Charles Rolls, an upper-class businessman. The rest is history. Over the past 100 years, Rolls-Royce has built a reputation for technical innovation and excellence, but the business could never have succeeded without the diversity of thought and experiences established from day one.

At Rolls-Royce we believe in the positive, transforming potential of technology. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in our Innovation Hub and R2 Data Labs, our data innovation catalyst. We bring together expertise from across the business and build upon 30 years of data-led services and business model innovation. We use emerging tech such as AI to reimagine how businesses run their operations and have delivered over £300m worth of value through advanced data analytics. This is only possible thanks to our people, whom we empower and equip to think differently, seek diversity and become change agents. The kind of people who win awards like this one.

Why an award celebrating neurodiverse talent?

The Innovation Hub and R2 Data Labs is proud to be partnering this award. There are undoubted benefits for us in attracting and retaining a more neurodiverse workforce and supporting neurodivergent people as change agents, thought disrupters and innovators. After all, we already know that neurodivergent individuals often have particular success in STEM careers – Elon Musk, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates among them. Many traits associated with some neurodivergent conditions would be a particularly good fit within the Innovation Hub and R2 Data Labs and we look forward to supporting you to make the most of your talents.

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