2016 winners

The Future CFO of the Year Award, sponsored by ACCA

Winner: Molly Ashton, University of Nottingham, Finance, Accounting & Management

Molly studied finance, accounting and management at the University of Nottingham and worked part time providing maths tuition. During her gap year, she travelled across Europe and worked with Boots to gain a pharmaceutical qualification. In her spare time, she was a member of the Nottingham University Equestrian Society and the treasurer for the massage society. She also writes a blog, which has enabled her to work with various companies and gained over 12,000 views in one year alone. She spent the summer of 2016 working with PwC as one of their assurance interns in the East Midlands office and she is now a tax associate.

Head to Molly's blog to find out about her experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Chirag Vadhia | University of York | Philosophy, Politics & Economics | Amrit Bains | University of Birmingham | Business Management | Arshia Hashemi | University College London, University of London | Economics | Daniel Fox | Durham University | Natural Sciences (Physics and Philosophy) | Fraser Turner | Cardiff University | Chemistry | Martin Li | University of Warwick | Economics | Colton Morris | Imperial College London | Materials Science & Engineering | Richard Winter | University of York | Economics and Finance | Myo-Myetchae Thu | University of Birmingham | Accountancy

The Public Interest Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by the Bank of England

Winner: Amy Fedeski | University of Sheffield | History and Politics

Amy studied history and politics at the University of Sheffield. She spent five years with the Solihull and British Youth Councils representing young people locally and nationally. Amy continued to advocate for others as a history department representative, and volunteered as a business advisor at Young Enterprise. A highlight of Amy’s time at Sheffield was the Reach conference, an alumni employability event that she organised with two other students. In her free time at university, Amy became a member of Toastmasters International, where she achieved a competent communicator award recognising her public speaking skills.


Jacopo Brioni | University College London, University of London | Economics | Samuel D'Angelo | Cardiff University | Chemistry | Ivan Horoshenkov | University of Bristol | Economics and Politics | Pantelis Kiriakidis | Imperial College London | Geophysics | Marija Litvinaite | University of Leicester | Politics and International Relations | Cameron Ormesher | London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London | Government and Economics | Erika Tsoi | University of Surrey | Mathematics with Statistics | Jack Waller | University of Oxford | Master of Chemistry |

The Future Civil Service Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by Civil Service Fast Stream

Winner: Hayat Mohamed | London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London | International History

Hayat studied international history at the London School of Economics. As the founder and President of the LSE Somali Society, Hayat showed the ability to embrace new challenges. Hayat also represented her cohort on the student-staff liaison committee and was a mentor to first-year students living off campus. Hayat also enjoyed being a student ambassador for Widening Participation and brand manager for Teach First, as she is passionate about tackling educational inequality in the UK. Having received the highest A level results at her school, Hayat was awarded the Deputy Head Teacher’s Award in 2014. Since leaving university, Hayat joined the Civil Service Fast Stream as an incoming fast streamer.

Head to Hayat's blog to find out about her experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Steven Adams | University of Southampton | History | Paul Blackburn | University of Hull | Management & Business | Sidrah Choudhry | University of Stirling | International Politics | Linda Epstein | School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London | Politics | Sanju Ganesan | University of Leicester | LLB Law | Charlotte Mulhearn | University College London, University of London | European Social and Political Studies | Uroosa Syed | University of Westminster | International Relations | Jason Tran | University of Warwick | Politics | Laura Waddilove | Cardiff University | Politics

The Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by E.ON

Winner: Axel Forssberg | University of Oxford St Anne's College | Materials Science

Axel studied materials science (MEng) at the University of Oxford. In 2013 he was elected to the Joint Consultative Committee for undergraduate and in 2014 he became the treasurer for the Oxford Materials Society. In 2015, he won the Oxford Materials Department’s Engineering Team Design Competition and, in the same year, was awarded a Deutsche Börse scholarship and internship. Before university, Axel served in the Royal Guard of the Swedish Armed Forces, and spent five months volunteering and working for various charities. He now works for E.ON.

Head to Axel's blog to find out about his experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Selby Cary | Heriot-Watt University | Mechanical Engineering | Yun Cho | University of Sheffield | Mechanical Engineering | Anna Hulme | University of Strathclyde | Chemical and Process Engineering | Jack Jones | University of Nottingham | Mechanical Degree | Ingvild Steen | Peersen University College London, University of London | Mechanical Engineering | Andrew Reynolds | Heriot-Watt University | Mechanical Engineering | Adnaan Shakur | University of Nottingham | Chemical and Environmental Engineering | Thomas Simpson | University of Bath | Mechanical Engineering | Thomas Wood | University of Exeter | Renewable Energy

The Management Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Winner: Shona McCotter | Queen's University Belfast | International Business with Spanish

Shona studied international business with Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast. As a student development ambassador at university, she encouraged and promoted her student body to get involved in the opportunities on offer throughout campus. She did her placement year in Barcelona with the British Chamber of Commerce, helping to organise business networking events with the aim of aiding and facilitating trade and investment between the UK and Spain. In her spare time at Queen’s she had a popular radio show, was a part of the Enterprise society and frequently got involved in courses and competitions on offer in order to develop her management skills.

Head to Shona's blog to find out about her experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Beth Atkinson | University of Hull Marketing with Supply Chain Management | Stephanie Barclay | Robert Gordon University | International Business Management | Mathea Bernhardt | Lancaster University | European- American Management | Adam Bevan | University of Bath | Business Administration | Emma Robinson | University of Bath | Business Administration | Caitlin Sear | University of Leicester | Management Studies | Laalithya Vadlamani | University of Oxford Trinity College | Economics and Management | Conor Virdee | University of York | Business and Management | Bronte Wright | University of York | Accounting, Business Finance and Management

The Computer Science and Analytics Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Expedia

Winner: Corrie Green, Robert Gordon University, Computer Science Application Software Development

Corrie studied computer science, application software development at Robert Gordon University. He actively contributed to and organised public debates and events throughout the UK to encourage and inspire young developers to participate in hackathons, dev bars and game jams. Corrie’s career started in the game development industry at the age of 16 and he has continued to release games with industry professionals HexWar, Hunted Cow studios and independently since. With products receiving top honours and wins at game jams, Corrie enjoys learning new technologies for his projects, from 3D animation to creating dynamic webpages and software.

Head to Corrie's blog to find out about his experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Nikhil Banerjee | University of Surrey | Computer Science | Christopher Cundy | University of Cambridge | Natural Sciences | Ciaran Deasy | University of Leicester | Computer Science | Marek Gaj | University of Leicester | Computing with Management | Adam Hobbs | University of Bath | Computer Science | Caroline Hurley | University of Liverpool | Mathematics | Wouter Noordhoek | University of Leicester | Software and Electronic Engineering | Wilfrid Obeng-Boakye | University of Sussex | Computer Science | Mazhar Shar | AberystwythUniversity | Computer Science

The Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Gazprom

Winner: Fraser Holmes-Mackay | University of East Anglia | Mathematics

Fraser Holmes-Mackay studied for a masters in mathematics at the University of East Anglia. As the former head boy of Manningtree High School and Dean of Students Representative, he strived to listen and act upon opinions and advice from the student body. This included leading a team of peer mentors and organising fundraising events for an India Expedition. He was awarded for academic achievement at The Sixth Form College, Colchester and has completed the UEA Skills Award (Silver Level) at university. Fraser spent summer 2015 as an intern at International Financial Data Services as well as spending two weeks working in their Bangkok office. While working as a language buddy and attending Mandarin Chinese evening classes, he developed an interest in exploring new cultures and spent his third year at the University of California – Berkeley. Fraser’s achievements have been recognised and he received the Alan Buch Scholarship by the vice chancellor of his university for his successful application to Berkeley.


Rory Ainslie | Imperial College London | Masters in Science in Mathematics | David Boyd | University of Nottingham | Mathematics | Isaac Harbord | Oxford Brookes University | Economics, Finance and International Business | Antonia Hartshorn | University of Leeds | Mathematics | Tobias Holloway | University of Exeter | Mathematics | Alex Ly | University of Leicester | Economics | Van Nguyen | University of Manchester | Computer Science and Mathematics | Andreas Shahverdyan | University of St Andrews | Management Science and Mathematics | Joseph Simmonds | London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London | Mathematics and Economics

The Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Laing O’Rourke

Winner: Scott Dalton | University of Brighton | Civil Engineering

Scott studied for an MEng civil engineering degree at the University of Brighton. He started work as one of Hyder Consulting’s youngest ever employees before leaving to study. Since then he has worked with EM Highways and Balfour Beatty’s central Health & Safety team. Scott has acted as chairman of the ICE students/draduates committee for Brighton/Gatwick where he organised a five-week professional development course in construction management subjects as well as a schools outreach programme. Scott is a STEM ambassador and. while at university, worked part time as a social media representative for the university.


Nevsky Been | Nottingham Trent University | Architectural Technology | Harry Brace | University of Leeds | Civil and Structural Engineering | Philip Cohen | University of Nottingham | Mechanical Engineering | Emily Gibson | University of Bristol | Civil Engineering | Joshua Mason | University of Portsmouth | Civil Engineering | Andrew Provost | Loughborough University | Architectural Engineering and Design Management | Amandeep Saini | University of Strathclyde | MEng Strucutral and Architectural Engineering | Jimboy Tolentino | University of Manchester | Master of Planning and Real Estate | Calum Van Nuill | Heriot-Watt University | Civil Engineering

The Male Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by L'Oréal

Winner: Lewis McDowell | University of York | Management

Lewis studied management at the University of York and worked in the University of York careers service as well as being a brand manager for ProperCorn. He was also a management course representative. He was the event coordinator for his award-winning college committee, a Young Enterprise finalist for his self-founded clothing business and interned with industry giant York Racecourse. Lewis competed within college football, successfully completed Tough Guy twice and is an aspiring singer and actor with vast experience on stage and in front of camera.


Ben Allchurch | Durham University | Combined Honours in Arts | Ilya Altschuler | University College London, University of London | Economics | Bertie Baker | University of Edinburgh | German and French | Nicolo Bertoncello | Cardiff University | International Relations and Politics | Freddie Frith | Loughborough University | Sport Science with Business Management | David Kennedy | Queen's University Belfast | International Business with French | Richard Lane | Nottingham Trent University/Nottingham Business School | Business Management & Marketing Joint Honours | Simon Marshall | University of Exeter | English and Drama | Joshua Robson | Manchester Business School | International Management & American Business Studies

The Future Business Leader Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Mars

Winner: Sarahjane Sarkhosh | Glasgow Caledonian University | International Business with Business Law

Sarahjane studied international business with business law at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she sat on the executive committee for Enactus GCU. She was the first ever winner of The Recruit, a competition modelled after The Apprentice, thereby securing a year in industry as a procurement officer. With a love for travel, Sarahjane completed an Erasmus exchange in France and taught English for one year in Senegal with Project Trust. After being awarded a Saltire Scholarship in 2015, she completed an internship in Manhattan as a business analyst with GCU New York, and consequently developed a passion for sustainability within business.

Head to Sarahjane's blog to find out about her experience of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards.


Tom Charman | University of Exeter | Economics and Politics with European Studies | Anna Kennedy | University of Aberdeen | Management Studies | Rachel Malik | University of Birmingham | Economic and Social History | Kayley Maxwell | Cardiff University | Business Management | Francesca Michaud | University of Exeter | Business & Management with Mandarin Chinese | Petr Perina | University of Glasgow | Business Economics and Business & Management | Daniel Tait | Robert Gordon University | International Business Management | David Wagner | University of Strathclyde | Finance | Matthew Walls | University of York | Physics with Business Management

The Law Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Mayer Brown

Winner: Aisling Cowell | Durham University | LLB Law

Aisling studied law and was a Law School Representative at Durham University. She intends to become a barrister, and secured both the Excellence Award Scholarship and the Advocacy Scholarship for her BPTC studies at BPP Law. She served as President of the Durham Union Society and enjoys intervarsity debating. She also coordinated the Second Chance Charity Scheme, a county-wide charity teaching public speaking skills to disadvantaged individuals. She was also awarded the Durham Award, recognising extensive extracurricular success alongside academic achievement. Aisling holds a Tae Kwon Do black belt and trained for the university team.


Orin Begum | University of Oxford Worcester College | Jurisprudence | Bethany Bowen | University of Oxford St Hugh's College | Jurisprudence (with Law in Europe) | Oliver Cross | Cardiff University Law School | Law LLB | Holly Hilbourne-Gollop | Bournemouth University | LLB Law | Oke Omoniyi | University of Sussex | Law LLB | Joachim Piotrowski | King's College London, University of London | Law | Victoria Potts | University of Warwick | European Law | Vanessa Sauls Avolio | Queen Mary, University of London | Law LLB | Amelia Skelding | Durham University | Law

The Female Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Rolls-Royce

Winner: Lorna Howie | Durham University | English Literature

Lorna studied English at Durham University. She gained a gliding scholarship at the age of 16 and subsequently learned to fly solo in a light aircraft. The experience inspired a fascination with the aerospace and aviation industries. She enjoys dance and has achieved a grade 8 in ballet. While at university, she was the captain of coxes for Durham University’s colleges, and captain of her college’s boat club. She competed at the highest levels in the sport while continuing to lead her executive committee, manage budgets, engage alumni, and encourage her fellow crews. Lorna has also worked in the hospitality and finance sectors, gaining business acumen alongside her academic achievements. Upon finishing university, Lorna joined Rolls-Royce's graduate scheme.


Georgina Ashby | University of St Andrews | Management | Luisa Huyskens | University of Sheffield | Business Management | Alexandra Lawson | University of Strathclyde | Chemical & Process Engineering | Amy McLauchlan | University of Sheffield | Aerospace Engineering | Nikita Minhas | University of Leicester | Mechanical Engineering | Kira O'Donoghue | University of Manchester | Politics and International Relations | Alice Robinson | Imperial College London | Materials Science and Engineering | Zsofia Sneider | University of Exeter | BSc Economics | Bianka Weber | University of Exeter | History and Politics