Winner: Ekaterina Christova, University of Cambridge, Economics
Ekaterina is an economics student at the University of Cambridge. She competes on the DanceSport team, is a member of the Bulgarian Society and does access work for her college and the university. During her gap year, Kati worked for Deloitte in the executive remuneration department and spent the summer travelling in Canada, where she was a camp counsellor. While at Deloitte, she helped with recruitment events and carried forward similar responsibilities through her role as a campus ambassador at Cambridge. She has also previously interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She enjoys exploring new places and learning languages.
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Josipa Abramovic | University of Glasgow | Accounting and Finance | Ekaterina Christova | University of Cambridge, Robinson College | Economics | Ciaran Deasy | University of Leicester | Computer Science | Jake Goodchild | University of Bath | Business Administration | Maxwell Jones | University of Oxford, Keble College | Economics and Management | Rishi Khiroya | Loughborough University | Banking, Finance and Management | Emiliano Liani | University of Exeter | Accounting and Finance | Carola Pagano | University of Warwick | Philosophy, Politics and Economics | James Simpson | University of Edinburgh | Russian Studies and Politics | Kasper Verkammen | University of Oxford, Balliol College | Economics and Management
Winner: Hannah Blair | University of Surrey | Computer Science
Hannah studied computer science at the University of Surrey and completed her placement year at The Walt Disney Company in London. Hannah loves combining creativity with technical projects – mainly mobile and web apps – and focusing on user interface and user experience design, having learned valuable skills at a mobile development start-up. Hannah regularly attended competitive hackathons while at university, allowing her to apply her problem-solving skills and innovative ideas to developing a winning final product. She won a prize with The Hut Group’s Game of Code for her app idea and design. She started her own web development and design company and spent summer 2017 as an innovation labs intern at Deutsche Bank.
Hannah Blair | University of Surrey | Computer Science | Simon Cobb | Durham University | Mathematical Sciences | Joseph Heade | Loughborough University | Product Design Engineering | Rakhilya Mekhteiva | Imperial College London | Joint Mathematics and Computing | Ryan Prasad | University of Southampton | Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Management | Adnan Salehin | Queen Mary, University of London | Computer Science | Durshant Somaskantha | University College London, University of London | Biomedical Sciences
Winner: Alex Stickler | Cardiff University | Economics and Finance
Alex studied economics and finance at Cardiff University, where he ran informative individual and group sessions for first-year students as a student mentor and completed the Cardiff Award alongside his degree, expanding his commercial awareness and business acumen. As senior student and sports ambassador for his school, Alex mastered public speaking and effectively liaised with staff and the community to improve their public image. Combatting brain damage sustained while playing semi-professional rugby, Alex has shown incredible resilience to flourish academically and socially – and played lead guitar in an alternative rock band. He spent summer 2017 as a private client intern at First Names Group.
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Shannon Balram | Durham University | Economics | Samantha Brooks | Durham University | Arts with French and History | Sarra Demetriou | Queen Mary, University of London | Physics with Particle Physics | Anniken Holst | University of York | Business Management | Scott McDonald | University of Liverpool | Marketing | George Moore | University of Cambridge, Queens' College | Chloe Munford | Manchester Metropolitan University | Economics and Banking | Alex Stickler | Cardiff University | Economics and Finance | Adam Tilley | University of York | Management | Hugh Williams | University of Warwick | Economics
Winner: Craig Stephen | Heriot-Watt University | Mechanical Engineering
Craig studied mechanical engineering at Heriot-Watt University. In 2016, he secured scholarship awards from The Saltire Foundation and The Incorporation of Hammermen of Edinburgh. These enabled him to travel to Silicon Valley to intern for a health-tech start-up company developing life-saving medical devices. Craig is passionate about giving back: he volunteered his time as president of Heriot-Watt Boxing Club and as a mechanical engineering ambassador. He also took on ambassador roles for the Sports Union and The Saltire Foundation. Craig raised over £1,000 for two charities by swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.
Celine Adamson | Heriot-Watt University | Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering | Gideon Adekunle | Loughborough University | Electronic and Electrical Engineering | Thomas Franks | University of Portsmouth | Mechanical Engineering | Manoj Murali | Imperial College London | Mechanical Engineering | Michael Pritchard | Aston University | Electronic and Electrical Engineering | Alec Sims | University of Leeds | Mechanical Engineering | Craig Stephen | Heriot-Watt University | Master of Mechanical Engineering | Callum Thomson | Heriot-Watt University | Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering | Ion Ursu | University of Edinburgh | Electronic and Electrical Engineering | Stuart Watson | University of Manchester | Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Winner: Kirsten Alexander-McGarry | University of Strathclyde | International Business with Modern Languages
Kirsten studied international business with modern languages at the University of Strathclyde, specialising in management with French. Kirsten is the youngest member of the board of directors at Glasgow Women’s Library – the only accredited museum of women’s history in the UK. She was a Saltire scholar, represented her university as a languages ambassador in high schools throughout Scotland and the social media manager for the Strathclyde Women in Business Society. Kirsten worked with local young people in Glasgow and assisted with the planning of an annual international youth festival on the island of Iona.
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Kirsten Alexander-McGarry | University of Strathclyde | International Business with Modern Languages | Rosie Despard | Lancaster University | Retail Management | Alvaro Ferreira | Royal Holloway, University of London | Management with International Business | Ridah Hashmi | University of Strathclyde | Immunology and Pharmacology | Gursharan Kambo | Aston University | Business and Management | Jessica Lane | University of Sheffield | International Business Management | Sophie Langman | University of Exeter | Business and Management with Spanish | Georgia Middleton | De Montfort University | Business and Management | Pamela Ugoji | Aston University | Business and Sociology | Alexander Young | Swansea University | Business Management
Winner: Kieran Stone | Aberystwyth University | Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Although Kieran studied artificial intelligence and robotics at Aberystwyth University, he spent his third year working for Abaco Systems, creating suites of automated tests for a manufacturing automation project. Kieran is passionate about computing for the younger generation. During his year in industry, he regularly helped out at code clubs at local schools to teach younger children the fundamentals of coding and show them how to improve their CV and presentation skills. Kieran is an avid comic book reader and he founded the Aberystwyth Comics and Cartoons Society, which provides weekly showings of nostalgic cartoons and the latest animated movies.
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Francis Brown | University of Essex | Computer Science | Callum Dickson | University of Abertay Dundee | Computing | Ina Michelle Marie Fridlund | University of Birmingham | Physics | Theodore Gregory | University of Birmingham | Computer Science | Zoe Hallam | Loughborough University | Computer Science and Mathematics | Massissilia Hamadouche | Queen Mary, University of London | Astrophysics | Bryn Hanby-Roberts | University of Manchester | Computer Science | Jordan Lindsey | University of Birmingham | Physics with Astronomy | Andrew Miller | Imperial College London | Physics | Kieran Stone | Aberystwyth University | Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Winner: Connor Vidal-Cocker | University of Reading | Mathematics
Connor studied mathematics at the University of Reading. In his spare time he helped run, and plays for, an 11-a-side football team. He also enjoys long-distance running. In 2014, Connor spent two weeks in Indonesia completing conservation work in both the tropical rainforest and coral reefs, where he qualified as a PADI scuba diver. He fundraised £3,000 for Operation Wallacea in the process by organising various bake sales and quiz nights. Connor has progressed all the way through the scouting movement, going from a Beaver to a Young Leader. He spent summer 2017 as a finance intern at Gazprom.
Jacopo Brioni | University College London, University of London | Economics | Tom Donnelly | Durham University | Economics | Pawel Kaluzny | Cardiff University | Accounting with a European Language - German | Robert Kirk | University of York | Natural Sciences Specialising in Chemistry/Physics | Amy Lees | University of Sheffield | Economics | Paige Marshall | University of York | Masters of Mathematics in Mathematics | Vivien Nagy | University of Aberdeen | Accountancy and Economics | Darshan Patel | University of Southampton | Mathematics | Joseph Todd | University of Bristol | Economics | Connor Vidal-Cocker | University of Reading | Mathematics
Winner: Matthew Welsh | Nottingham Trent University | Civil Engineering
As the former president of Nottingham Trent University’s Civil Engineering Society, Matthew is always seeking new ways to innovate in the industry and with the people who shape it. Through his work as an ICE student brand ambassador, Matthew was involved in the organisation of Sir John Armitt’s ICE guest lecture at the university, addressing the future of the industry and the challenges posed by Brexit. Following other successful summer placements, Matthew spent his summer 2017 as a civil engineering intern at Laing O'Rourke and is looking forward to facing new, exciting challenges within the industry.
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James Campbell | Sheffield University | Civil Engineering | Alina Dragancea | University of Bristol | Civil Engineering | Serena Gough | The University of Nottingham | Civil Engineering | Matthew Groome | Nottingham Trent University | Quantity Surveying and Construction Management | Christine Haine | Cardiff University | Civil & Environment Engineering | Vasilis Lyssiotis | Imperial College London | Civil Engineering | Cameron Millar | University of Cambridge | Engineering | Edward Nichols | University of Bath | Civil Engineering | Julian Vercruysse | The University of Edinburgh | Master in Structural Engineering with Architecture | Matthew Welsh | Nottingham Trent University | Civil Engineering
Winner: Angus Gillan | University of Birmingham | Ancient History
Angus studied ancient history at the University of Birmingham. Elected secretary general of the Model United Nations (MUN) Society, he ran IBUMUN 2017, one of the largest MUN conferences in the UK, and has received awards at several conferences, including ‘Best Delegate’. Alongside his studies, Angus enjoyed being a radio presenter and political writer with Just Debate UK. Angus also sat on the faculty committees as the representative for approximately 1,000 students within the School of History and Cultures. He has been an academic mentor, as well as a brand ambassador for Virgin Media, Circle and New European. He worked at L'Oréal as a digital marketing intern in summer 2017.
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Patrik Birkle | University College London, University of London | Management Science | Cedric Blanc | Loughborough University | Diploma of Professional Studies | João Monteiro Fernandes | Royal Holloway, University of London | Business and Management | Connor Gascoigne | University of Leicester | Mathematics | Angus Gillan | University of Birmingham | Ancient History | Jack Long-Martinez | University of Cambridge, Magdalene College | Human, Social and Political Sciences | Ludovic Meaby | University of St Andrews | Mathematics and Philosophy | Adam Powell | Swansea University | Physics | Quentin Souriau | Warwick Business School | International Management | Max Thomas | University of Manchester | Music with Spanish
Winner: Oliver Haddon | University of the West of England | Business
Oliver studied business at the University of the West of England, while also working for a software company based in Bristol as a business development intern. During university he regularly trained and played national league rugby for Dings Crusaders. He has also developed a passion for travel, which has meant he has travelled to Africa, America, Europe and Asia – and completed work experience as an accountant in India. Oliver has used these experiences to co-found a marketing company, which utilises virtual reality technology and 360-degree cameras, after winning the UWE apprentice challenge, alongside two other students.
Richard Bannister | University of Leeds | Economics | Georgiana Cazan | University of Leeds | International Business and Marketing | Oliver Haddon | University of West England | Business | Andrew Jamieson | University of Warwick | Economics | Nathan Johnson-Paul | University of Warwick | Politics and International Studies | Emma Law | University of Strathclyde | Psychology | Nicole O'Rafferty | University of Strathclyde | Marketing with Business Enterprise | Jordan Parsons | Durham University | Politics | Bridie Tubb | University of Manchester | Economics | Cristian Urigiuc | University of Nottingham | Economics
Winner: Tai Lee | Newcastle University | Economics
Tai studied economics at Newcastle University and regularly participated in voluntary projects. As the vice president of AIESEC Newcastle, Tai led the committee in helping aspiring youths create a positive impact through personal development and volunteering experiences. She was also a dedicated team member of Enactus Newcastle, a project that aims to teach entrepreneurship to women from minority backgrounds. Tai participated in a local competitive football team for four years and also enjoys reading and travelling. She is intrigued by development economics and volunteered in Sri Lanka during summer 2017 to help small-scale entrepreneurs grow.
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Pawel Guzik | King's College London, University of London | Law | Joshua Higgins | Lancaster University | International Business Management | Lisa Johnson-Davies | University of Leeds | Japanese and Economics | Eleanor Knight | University of York | Accounting, Business Finance and Management | Tai Lee | Newcastle University | Economics | Kadejha Morgan | University of Leicester | Economics | Nilan Patel | City University London | Economics with Accounting | Oliver Tidey | University College London, University of London | Law | Nina Wieretilo | University of Oxford St Catherine's College | Economics and Management | Theodore Wilson | University of York | Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Winner: Trisha Saxena | Imperial College London | Physics
Trisha studied physics at Imperial College London and was the organising chair of the UK Space Design Competition 2017, which engages around 800 students each year in designing space settlements based on briefs written by NASA engineers. She took part herself two years previously and was one of twelve students selected to represent the UK at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Centre. Trisha was also a member of the executive committee for UKSEDS, a national organisation that aims to increase student involvement in the space industry. She delivered skills training to volunteers through Imperial College Union, for which she is accredited by the Institute for Leadership and Management. She spent her summer 2017 as an operations management intern at Rolls-Royce.
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Giulia Beverino | University of Strathclyde | Production Engineering and Management | Alicja Boryn | University of Oxford, Wadham College | Biological Sciences | Sydney Holt | University of Leicester | Law | Jodie Howlett | Sheffield Hallam University | Mechanical Engineering | Hattie Jones | University of Manchester | Management with Marketing | Kate Mackie | Newcastle University | Pharmacology | Phoebe Price | Durham University | English Literature | Trisha Saxena | Imperial College London | Physics with Theoretical Physics | Joanna Tomlin | University College London | Mechanical Engineering & Business Finance | Lucía Vázquez Vaquero | Swansea University | Product Design Engineering