2019 winners

The Future CFO of the Year Award, sponsored by ACCA

Daisy Vanags – University of Bristol, international business management

Daisy studied international business management at the University of Bristol. She has completed a broad range of work placements including a summer internship for a technology start-up specialising in corporate social responsibility and in the office of the shadow secretary of state for health. She also completed a finance internship at Centrica. In her own time, she has pursued her interest in technology by learning to code, worked as a fundraiser for Guide Dogs and was selected as a peer mentor and university course ambassador.


Alexander Young | Swansea University | business management Ben Maxwell | Newcastle University | accounting and finance Daisy Vanags | University of Bristol | international business management Danni Christie | Queen Mary, University of London | economics and finance Harry Deacon | University of Oxford | economics and management James Counsell | University of Nottingham | economics Kudzai Moyo | University of Warwick | accounting and finance Rick Taylor | University of Exeter | business and management Sum Mei Lee | University of Bath | accounting and finance Tom Dixon | Goldsmiths, University of London | philosophy, politics and economics

The Future Lawyer of the Year Award, sponsored by Allen & Overy

Carmen Barragan – Imperial College London, materials science and engineering

Carmen studied materials engineering at Imperial College London. She is half Spanish, half Portuguese, but was born in Luxembourg, and speaks four languages. During her undergraduate experience, Carmen took every opportunity to learn outside the scope of her degree, from becoming the president of the Catholic Society at Imperial to reaching the semi-finals of a female-led start-up competition. She is passionate about combining STEM skills with the legal world and aims to become a ’lawyer of the future’. During her degree, she enjoyed working on projects within various industries, such as oil and gas, medical devices and consumer goods. Since the awards, Carmen spent time with Allen & Overy working at FUSE, its tech innovation hub.


Abigail Dore | University of Leeds | politics Anouschka Tse | London School of Economics and Political Science | law Carmen Barragan | Imperial College London | materials science and engineering Daniel Casares-Lauritsen | University of Bath | management George Dunlop | University of Oxford | mathematics and statistics Joshua McErlain | Durham University | politics and philosophy Lucy Bill | Queen's University Belfast | law Maria Michael | University College London | English law and German law Payal Shah | University of Warwick | law Will Chuter | Durham University | law

The LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Clifford Chance and National Student Pride

Thomas Moran – Lancaster University, management and information technology

Tom studied management and information technology at Lancaster University. He was the founder of Lancaster’s first Sign Language Society, the disability representative for LGBT and the lead for Students with Learning Differences. Outside of university, he undertook an IT placement with BAE Systems (promoting its disability and LGBTQ+ employee networks), represented the Management School in Boston (ensuring its smart city remains inclusive) and constructed the first signed version of a UK Eurovision entry’s song (alongside the BBC and YouTube). He is a committed leader for diversity and inclusion. Tom is a future trainee solicitor with Clifford Chance and has travelled to both Brussels and Hong Kong to experience the different practice areas at the law firm.


Cassandra Grützner | University of Stirling | philosophy and psychology Domingo Morgan-Luco | University of Oxford | geography Joseph Luke | University of St Andrews | mathematics Sara Borasio | University of Cambridge | human, social and political sciences Shayna Mardenborough | Lancaster University | law Thomas Moran | Lancaster University | management and information technology

The Science Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Clifford Chance

Madeleine Cullen – University of Sheffield, chemistry

Maddie studied chemistry at the University of Sheffield. Having been accepted onto the Lloyds Scholars scheme in 2016, she completed two summer internships in Bristol and London. Maddie greatly enjoys problem solving and in 2018 was placed as runner-up in the innovation category of the Telegraph STEM Awards for her work designing a wearable device for mental health conditions. Alongside her degree, Maddie has chaired the student welfare committee and been a student residence activity representative. In her free time Maddie participates in adventure sports, particularly rock climbing, and recently obtained a qualification in outdoor first aid. After winning the award, Maddie spent a week with Clifford Chance on its SPARK scheme and travelled to its Brussels office.


Belén Yu Irureta-Goyena | University of Manchester | physics Carl Drown | University of Strathclyde | immunology and pharmacology Giulia Casarano | Imperial College London | chemistry with management Hannah Wheeler | University of Bath | biochemistry Julia Wisniewska | Imperial College London | Physicsp Krystel Goodwin | University of Birmingham | chemical engineering Madeleine Cullen | University of Sheffield | chemistry Marcel Hedman | University of Cambridge | natural sciences Maria Violaris | University of Oxford | physics Vere Whittome | University of Cambridge | information and computer/biological engineering

The Undergraduate of the Year Award for Innovation, sponsored by Deutsche Bank

Chevonne Fernandes – University of Leeds, physics

Chevonne is studying physics at the University of Leeds. Aside from exploring the depths of space, she likes to paint, draw and create interior craftwork. In her spare time she sings in a band and plays the violin, guitar and piano. Chevonne has been lucky enough to volunteer at King’s College Hospital as well as work alongside healthcare professionals in a psychiatric and intensive care unit. She is learning Spanish and is ever excited by the opportunities that university life allows, such as kayaking on the River Leam, taking part in salsa classes and archery.


Adam Malik | London School of Economics and Political Science | politics and economics Ahmed Laajam | Roehampton University | digital and technology solutions Chevonne Fernandes | University of Leeds | physics Esther Artica | University of Westminster | finance Natalia Gavrishina | King's College London | political economy Natália Jozefína Brízová | King's College London | French and management Oliver Davey | University of York | economics and politics Saiqa Pirmohamed | King's College London | economics Syed Umer Hasan | Imperial College London | computing Szymon Gorczyca | University of Oxford | mathematics

The New Energy Solutions Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by E.ON

Benedek Dalglish – University of Leeds, mechanical engineering

Benedek is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Leeds, achieving the Dean of Engineering Excellence scholarship. He also has a keen love for music and nature, co-hosting a university radio show, LS Soul, and volunteering at a variety of festivals including Bluedot Festival, a science and music festival at Jodrell Bank. Benedek is passionate about reducing society’s current impact on the environment through changing energy infrastructure and spreading ecologically sustainable values. At his home in Cheshire, Benedek is also involved with Beech Hill Permaculture, a sibling-led small-scale community project working to apply and live out these values. After the awards, he completed a placement year with E.ON.


Ali Shioui | University of Portsmouth | economics Benedek Dalglish | University of Leeds | mechanical engineering Grace Samuel | University of Reading | business and management Ilan Sirotkin | University of Leicester | business economics Maria Elisa Caires Silva | Heriot-Watt University | mechanical engineering Martin Willems | University of Aberdeen | chemical engineering Matthew Smith | University of Sheffield | materials science and engineering Murtatha Joda | University College London | medical sciences and engineering Prince Afriyie | University of Westminster | business management with Italian

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

Bella Scanio – University of Nottingham, ancient history

Bella studied ancient history at the University of Nottingham before continuing to a masters in management at the University of Bath. She is the former social secretary and president of the Classics Committee within the University of Nottingham. Bella also previously volunteered as an Army cadet and her leadership and teamwork was recognised when she received The Duke of Westminster Award in 2017 and Best Section Commander Award at a military competition two years in a row in 2015 and 2016. She is also a proactive member of her local community, being head of a unique school tradition called drill, and has spoken at many professional conferences, encouraging qualifications and military organisations for young individuals. Bella has since undertook a summer placement at Enterprise Rent-A-Car HQ, choosing to gain experience in the sales team.


Amelia Vickery | University of Reading | management and business Aslaug Mariusdottir | Aston University | international business and management Bella Scanio | University of Nottingham | ancient history Harriet Pinder | University of Bristol | politics and international relations James Addis | University of Bath | politics and international relations Joao Raimundo | Lancaster University | business studies Joshua Butcher | University of York | business and management Kate Hardwick | Loughborough University | air transport management Megan Fearon | University of Salford | contemporary history and politics Stephen Lim-Heath | Loughborough University | international business

The One to Watch Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by IQ-EQ (formerly First Names Group)

Sina Sadrzadeh – University of Bristol, economics and management

Sina studied economics and management at the University of Bristol. In his own time, he started his own business called Peppercorn, focusing on redistributing surplus food from businesses to local non-profits. Peppercorn has redistributed over 100kg of food to people in need instead of landfills. He has won over £10,000 in grant funding for his project and business and personal awards from O2, the University of Bristol and TSB to name a few. Sina has also mentored for student start-ups and enjoyed his role as the vice president of the University Entrepreneur Society. Sina has undertaken internships at PepsiCo while also being a freelance football journalist, appearing on podcasts and having articles published in magazines and online.


Alice Tucker | University of Birmingham | philosophy, religion and ethics Bailey Thane | Newcastle University | business management Cristina Smith | University of Edinburgh | psychology Francesco Galvanetto | University of Oxford | mathematics Kateryna Tarasova | Imperial College London | electrical and electronic engineering Lauren Postlethwaite | Loughborough University | graphic communication and illustration Nicole Xue Jing Yap | London School of Economics and Political Science | management Sina Sadrzadeh | University of Bristol | economics and management

The Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Laing O'Rourke

Luke Collinson – University of Manchester, mechanical engineering

Luke is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester. Having grown up in foster care, Luke is determined to break the mould and become the best he possibly can be. Luke is ambitious both academically and career wise, always striving for perfection and taking every opportunity he can. Examples include being elected the president of halls of residence by fellow peers, self-enrolling on an advance Python coding course, taking extracurricular studies in Chinese, completing SolidWorks CAD courses, and working on ambitious projects that are directly relevant to the engineering and construction industry. One of Luke’s core values is social mobility and he strives to make the most of a situation. Luke completed a summer placement with Laing O'Rourke, working on some of its most prestigious projects.


Aleyna Yildirim | University of Cambridge | engineering Alfred Ruff | University of Leeds | civil and structural engineering Dionysios Zapantes | Imperial College London | civil and environmental engineering Gurpreet Singh | Brunel University London | civil engineering Jack Winkles | Cardiff University | civil engineering Luke Collinson | University of Manchester | mechanical engineering Pier Giuseppe Rivano | University College London | mechanical engineering Younas Mahmood | University of Manchester | civil engineering Yusuf Shauq | University of Surrey | mechanical engineering Zuzana Stunova | Nottingham Trent University | quantity surveying and commercial management

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

William Jolley – Durham University, mathematics

Will is studying mathematics at Durham University. Alongside his course, he enjoys getting involved with sport and is a keen fencer, having represented Wales at the Senior Fencing Commonwealth in November. He holds a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for sport at Durham, where he also plays a lot of squash. His experience includes an internship as a business analyst at a local stem cell research company, working in administration at a medical centre and tutoring local school children. His academic interests are not limited to maths, as he also enjoys and took A levels in Latin and Ancient Greek. After winning the award, Will was offered a ten-week placement with L'Oréal in London and even spent some time at its HQ in Paris!


Alexandros Varianos | University of Bristol | economics Andreas Seraphim | University of Leeds | economics Hamish Greening | University of Reading | philosophy, politics and economics Konrad Hajdus | University College London | politics and East European studies Lewis Kinney | University of Glasgow | law Max Taylor | SOAS, University of London | politics and international relations Narain Campanella | King's College London | business management Tahmid Ali | University of Hull | accounting and financial management Tom Myhill | University of Warwick | economics William Jolley | Durham University | mathematics

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

Judith Cameron – Queen's University Belfast, mechanical engineering

Jude studied mechanical engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and completed a placement at Stryker Belfast with the research and development project management team. She is passionate about promoting women in positions of leadership and in 2018 was selected as one of the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Scholars. In the summer of 2017, Jude studied at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China, and in 2018, she returned to showcase a group project at an exhibition in Tianjin. Outside of work and study, Jude has participated in business programmes coding classes and project management training while balancing a demanding university rowing training schedule. Since the awards, Jude secured a summer internship with Rolls-Royce. She was placed in lifecycle engineering and got the opportunity to work with teams both in Derby and in Singapore.


Arushi Madan | University of Birmingham | electronic and electrical engineering Chuijiang Kong | Imperial College London | materials science and engineering Emma Johnston | University of Strathclyde | aero-mechanical engineering Gemma Cselko | University of Leeds | mechatronic and robotic engineering Heather Bruce | Heriot-Watt University | mechanical engineering Judith Cameron | Queen's University Belfast | mechanical engineering Lujane Hamzeh | University of Birmingham | accounting and finance Olivia Tomlinson | Loughborough University | aeronautical engineering Sarah Scholes-Lawrence | Manchester Metropolitan University | product design and technology Susannah Lea | Imperial College London | materials science and engineering

The Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action, sponsored by #iwill and Teach First

Samir Badaro – University of Bristol, criminology

Born and raised in Jordan, Samir has always been involved in service work and volunteering since the early age of six. His passion and desire to make constructive change within his community stemmed from his family’s own background and journey in life, from starting as refugees. Ever since, Samir has done a range of service work, from volunteering in orphanages and old people’s homes, to starting his own initiative where he trained over 300 refugees and Jordanian locals on the basics of sports and athletics. His project, Children of Jordan, was initiated in 2014 and still thrives today.


Alice Abrey | Cardiff University | human and social sciences Anisha Johal | University of Derby | English Camilla Angelotti | King's College London | history Daniel Adebayo | University of Leicester | law Daniyal Zafar | University of Birmingham | mechanical engineering Hannah Tayab | King's College London | law Julia Cass Hebron | University of York | English language and linguistics Olamide Duyile | London School of Economics and Political Science | economic history Rory Daniels | King's College London | political economy Samir Badaro | University of Bristol | criminology

The Computer Science, IT and Physics Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Visa

Mehdi Naderi Varandi – Newcastle University, computer science

Mehdi studies computer science at Newcastle University. Being passionate about STEM, he has collaborated with the BBC to deliver computer science lessons in his community to inspire the next generation of coders. Mehdi continues this initiative by spearheading the outreach branch of the Computing and Technology Society, where he directs teams of mentors who teach coding lessons in local schools and empower students further. Mehdi has also interned at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he developed VBA macros to automate attorney workflow processes. He also enjoys competing in debates and has organised multiple international debating competitions. After the awards, he spent three months as a software engineer intern at Visa.


Alex Copeland | Lancaster University | theoretical physics Darina Georgieva | University of Surrey | computer science Jonah McPartlin | University of Bristol | computer science Luke Panayi | University of Sussex | theoretical physics Mayank Surana | Imperial College London | electronic and information engineering Mehdi Naderi Varandi | Newcastle University | computer science Patrick Kinnear | University of Edinburgh | mathematics Sandra Thiesen | Robert Gordon University | computer science Wilfrid Askins | Newcastle University | computer science Zoe Nengite | University of St Andrews | computer science

The Future Business Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by P&G

Arya Tandon – University of Oxford, philosophy, politics and economics

Arya studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Hertford College, Oxford. He was president-elect of the PPE Society, co-chair of the Labour Club, president of the Oxford Forum (a speaker and debate society) and a campus-wide elected delegate to the National Union of Students. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of the Oxford Student newspaper and co-founded an online media project, which recruited 50 team members worldwide and gained 30,000 Facebook followers within a month. He gained placements in fields ranging from consulting, investment and research and development to political research, social campaigning and counter-extremism education. In his spare time, his hobbies have included web development and pool lifeguarding. After winning the award, he completed a seven-week internship at P&G in commercial sales management.


Abu Sufyan Khan | University of Bradford | financial economics Andrea Totaro | Royal Holloway, University of London | management with digital innovation Arman Uddin | University of Warwick | politics, philosophy and economics Arya Tandon | University of Oxford | philosophy, politics and economics Dasha Korabelnikova Avtsina | University of Liverpool | international business Dominique Santini | University of Strathclyde | international business and modern languages Hanesh Patel | University of Cambridge | manufacturing engineering tripos Mate Lukacs | University of Sheffield | mechanical engineering Ria Walia | King's College London | mathematics with management and finance Tariro Madzingira | University of Nottingham | accounting and business