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2020 winners

The Future CFO of the Year Award, partnered by ACCA

Louis Sproul - Nottingham Trent University, Accounting and Finance

Louis is a final-year accounting and finance student from Nottingham Trent University. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he will be furthering his education through a masters in finance at Cass Business School. Alongside studying, Louis has completed a placement year with Lidl; studied abroad in Oslo, Norway; and has most recently completed a year as team leader for Enactus NTU, a social enterprise organisation. Leading a team of 60 dedicated students, he has helped to produce five projects working to benefit a range of individuals, from refugees to school children.

Finalists:

Akshay Mirpuri Mahboobani | Lancaster University | Management Alasdair Courts | University of Strathclyde | International Business with Finance Alexander Kaiser | University College London | Economics Charlie Norris | University of Leeds | Mathematics Chwas Rostam | University of Surrey | Business Management Louis Sproul | Nottingham Trent University | Accounting and Finance Mary Letey | University of Cambridge | Mathematics Pawel Rogowski | University of Nottingham | Finance, Accounting and Management Tom Cameron | University of Liverpool | Mathematics and Business Studies Vaishnav Rajkumar | King's College London | European Politics

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

Maya Rogers - University of Sheffield, Law

Maya is a final-year law student at the University of Sheffield and has completed an exchange year at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has enjoyed a range of legal experiences including volunteering at the FreeLaw clinic and in-house placements at Aston Martin and St Thomas’ Hospital. She is particularly excited to partake in vacation schemes at two leading law firms this summer. Maya is the president of the Edward Bramley Law Society and she runs a legal blog called The Pro Bono Law Student. Her other interests include cheerleading, gymnastics and netball.

Finalists:

Chenshihui (Linda) Lin | Imperial College London | Biochemistry Christy O'Neil | Lancaster University | Law Laura Wood | University of Glasgow | Law with German Language Maya Rogers | University of Sheffield | Law Ming Tay | University College London | Law Payal Shah | University of Warwick | Law Shahid Choudhury | University of Birmingham | Law Syed Islam | University of Bath | Politics with Economics Victoria Anichina | University of Oxford | Jurisprudence

The LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by Clifford Chance, National Student Pride and Attitude

Zareen Roy-Macauley - University of Cambridge, Human, Social and Political Sciences

Zareen is a recent graduate from the University of Cambridge with a first-class degree in human, social and political sciences. She was the first LGBTQ+ officer of the African and Caribbean Society, where she worked to improve LGBTQ+ inclusion within the African and Caribbean community. She later became the first ever president of FUSE – a society for BME LGBTQ+ students. Alongside her team, Zareen relaunched the society and enhanced its capacity by establishing new committee roles, securing a source of funding and introducing new social media strategies. FUSE is now widely cited as a place of community and safety for BME LGBTQ+ students in Cambridge.

Finalists:

Duncan Thacker | University of Edinburgh | Mathematics Jordan Edwards | University of Bath | Economics Laura Cestaro | Queen Mary University of London | English and European Law Luke Symington | University of York | English Rebecca Heslop | Durham University | History Zareen Roy-Macauley | University of Cambridge | Human, Social and Political Sciences George Wright | Royal Holloway, University of London | Law Harrison Tomkins | University of Liverpool | Physics Jack Palmer | University of Nottingham | Law Lizzie Finch | University of Surrey | Psychology Matilda Morgan | London Metropolitan University | Law with International Relations Monika Sakyte | King's College London | History

The Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action Award, partnered by Clifford Chance and One Young World

Tiara Sahar Ataii - University of Cambridge, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Tiara has recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first. She is the founder of SolidariTee, the largest British student-led charity fighting for long-term change in the refugee crisis. SolidariTee mobilises 500 student volunteers across 42 universities and has offered grants worth over £200,000 to refugee aid. As an Arabic, Farsi, French and German speaker, Tiara has extensive experience as an interpreter, and has interned at two UN agencies. She has also given a TedxCambridgeUniversity talk on the importance of legal aid. She is now looking to combine her humanitarian expertise and social entrepreneurship to find innovative solutions in the refugee crisis.

Finalists:

Adila Darego | University of Leicester | Law Andriy Zapotichny | Cardiff University | Business Economics Danielle Watts | University of Oxford | Jurisprudence George Rosenfeld | University of Cambridge | Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and Politics Howard Blackbee | University of Nottingham | Economics Michael Bryan | London School of Economics and Political Science | History and International Relations with Russian Nicole Pearson | University College London | Law Sadaf Moosvi | SOAS University of London | Politics and International Relations Tiara Sahar Ataii | University of Cambridge | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Tsemaye Uwejamomere | University of Cambridge | Engineering

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

Sarah Burke - University of Leeds, Business Management

Sarah is studying business management at the University of Leeds. She was inspired to pursue a career in business after reaching the Young Enterprise National Finals as sales director in 2017. Her CV includes working in the French Alps, nannying in Madrid and elfing for Father Christmas in Lapland. She’s highly skilled at finding CEO’s contact details and this great detective work landed her work experience at Tesco HQ during sixth form. Sarah has been involved in all aspects of student life, both on and off campus, and her latest role has seen her become Hyde Park FC’s very own Karren Brady as their business and marketing manager.

Finalists:

Elizabeth Filips | Kings College London, University of London | Medicine Gabriella McErlain | University of Nottingham | Geography Holly Ip | University of Cambridge | Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Joana Domingos Baptista | University of Oxford | Economics and Management Laura Sanchez Perez | University College London, University of London | Mathematics and Physics Marta Santos | Lancaster University | International Management Oluwatobiloba Omiyale | Loughborough University | Management Sciences Rachel Breeze | Durham University | Business and Management Sarah Burke | University of Leeds | Business Management Zafirah Nurmamodo | Aston University | International Business and Management

The First Generation Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by HSBC

William Bowler - Lancaster University, History

In addition to studying history, Will enjoys travelling and has been fortunate enough to volunteer and work alongside Hope4Malawi in the community of Chipepwete. For a month, he was part of a team that taught arithmetic and English to single mothers and children in the primary school, which he helped to build.. From 16-years-old, he has also balanced education with part-time employment at an insurance underwriting firm. In his free time, Will is a competitive swimmer who enjoys training daily and competing on a national platform.

Finalists:

Anna-Bryndís Zingsheim Rúnudóttir | King's College London | Economics and Management Chao Ouyang | Durham University | Economics with Management Eilidh Colquhoun | University of Strathclyde | Psychology Lauren Maguire | Durham University | Natural Sciences Lung Yin Hsu | Imperial College London | Biomedical Engineering Talha Hussain | City. University of London | Accounting and Finances William Bowler | Lancaster University | History Xudong Wang | University of Cambridge | Natural Sciences

The Undergraduate of the Year for Innovation Award, partnered by HSBC

Daniel Cheetham - Durham University, Economics

Daniel is an economics student at the University of Durham, where he is also an analyst for the Student Investment Fund and has contributed to a consulting project for Durham Wildlife Trust. He is heavily involved in the dance society as social secretary and as a member of the successful competition team. Daniel also works with young people through volunteering at university, as a team mentor for the National Citizen Service and with Linkable, a disability charity. He enjoys travelling and has recently been interrailing through Eastern Europe.

Zainub Absar - University of Nottingham, Industrial Economics

Zainub is an industrial economics student at the University of Nottingham and a BP STEM scholar. She is the corporate relations executive of Enactus Nottingham, a student-run network of transformative social enterprises. Through Enactus, she came second in the Business Engagement Competition hosted by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, alongside winning the UK Nationals competition twice consecutively – taking them to the semi-final at the 2019 World Cup. Zainub enjoys discovering new skills, including coding platformer games during her internship at IBM, figuring out how to fix bikes through her years of cycling holding impromptu photoshoots and learning how to play badminton.

Finalists:

Agrim Manchanda | Imperial College London | Electronic and Information Engineering Alice McCutcheon | Loughborough University | Industrial Design and Technology Andrew Tang | University of Cambridge | Economics Daniel Cheetham | Durham University | Economics Jess Toudic | University of Oxford | Mathematics Kaira den Hartog | King's College London | Law Lukasz Kowalski | Coventry University | Biomedical Science Zainub Absar | University of Nottingham | Industrial Economics

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

Luca Hibell - Durham University, Economics

Luca is a first-year economics student at Durham University. As a state-educated student and the first generation in his family to attend university, he has always been determined to take advantage of every opportunity to develop himself further. He is passionate about his civic responsibility, serving three years in the RAF Air Cadets and completing his National Citizen Service. He currently acts as treasurer for his university’s charity committee. Outside of his studies, Luca is a dedicated rower, coaching and competing in the sport for both his university and home club.

Finalists:

Alex Callens | Durham University | General Engineering Andrew Millington | Lancaster University | Economics and Politics Ayman Kausar | University of Nottingham | Chemical Engineering Dhruv Sengupta | University of Oxford | Economics and Management Lorenzo Cumia | University of Warwick | Management Luca Hibell | Durham University | Economics Nick Hennigan | Robert Gordon University | International Business Management Saul Wilson | University of Bristol | Economics and Management Thomas Baldock | Loughborough University | Economics Thomas Stuart-Delavaine | University of Strathclyde | Mechanical Engineering

The Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by Laing O’Rourke

Weronika Pawlowska - University of Sheffield, Civil and Structural Engineering

Weronika is studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Sheffield. She is determinedly working towards being one of the future leaders of the fourth industrial revolution in construction. She continuously develops herself personally, including mentoring others and learning Mandarin. Professionally, she has volunteered on building sites; completed a summer internship with Curtins; achieved a research placement scholarship; and led iForge, the first student-led makerspace in the UK. Weronika was a national finalist in the Women in Property competition and has also organised an annual 3D printing bridge competition, sharing her knowledge and passion for sustainable innovation in construction.

Finalists:

Constantina Coureas | Imperial College London | Civil and Environmental Engineering Fayo-Timi Alabi | University of Warwick | Civil Engineering Jasmine Brittan | University of Warwick | Engineering Katherine Bogan | University of Edinburgh | Civil Engineering Matteo Conti | Imperial College London | Civil Engineering Nyasha Mutembwa | University of Dundee | Civil Engineering Rhys Phillips | University of Bath | Civil Engineering Weronika Pawlowska | University of Sheffield | Civil and Structural Engineering Will Dubin | Imperial College London | Civil Engineering

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

Laura Mitchell – Heriot-Watt University, International Business Management with Marketing

Laura studies international business with marketing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and spent her third year studying at the Heriot-Watt Malaysia campus. Her determination, resilience and passion for leadership and career growth has enabled her to self-source various internships within the automotive, oil and gas and consultancy industries. Laura has taken on various public speaking roles where she has inspired other students about the value of work experience. During the summer, she interned with Subsurface Global, where she coordinated and implemented marketing materials to increase brand awareness and facilitate growth.

Finalists:

Andrea Fernandes | University of Nottingham | Economics Elio Beretta | Lancaster University | Advertising and Marketing Fraser Ralston | Durham University | Economics Kieran Bevan | Cardiff Metropolitan University | Business and Management Studies with Law Pathway Laura Mitchell | Heriot-Watt University | International Business Management with Marketing Loucas Ferekides | King's College London | Business Management Marisa Ford | University of Nottingham | Politics and Economics Rebecca Lee | University of Warwick | History and Politics Tatenda Paidamoyo Moyo | University of Nottingham | Politics and International Relations Zain Shah | University of Birmingham | Chemical Engineering

The Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by Police Now

Fai Johnson - University of Glasgow, Biomedical Engineering

Fai is a final-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Glasgow. Alongside her degree, she was the president of the Handprints society – a student-led society that focuses on fabricating 3D-printed prosthetics for children. She travelled to Rwanda in the summer of 2018 with her university’s female engineering society to encourage high school students to pursue further education in the field of STEM. Fai is also a previous Saltire Scholar and she spent the summer of 2019 undertaking an internship in San Francisco at a medical device start-up.

Finalists:

Dino Acquaah | University of Reading | Business Management

Shameika Webb | University of Bedfordshire | Psychology with Criminal Behaviour Fai Johnson | University of Glasgow | Biomedical Engineering Aminat Onileere | University of Birmingham | Economics and Political Science Teniola Dada | University of Kent | Psychology Sarah Ajayi | University of Nottingham | Criminology and Sociology Chioma Abazie | University of Warwick | Economics Victoria Muwanga | University Of West England | Law Mohammed Haider | University of Sheffield | Chemical Engineering Melody Amadi | University of Bradford | Law

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

Tamara Hirst - University of Bristol, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Tamara is studying for a masters in mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Bristol. Throughout her undergraduate career she has taken part in lots of different extracurricular activities, from chamber choir to synchronised swimming. She has been an active member of the Innovation Design Society, which runs outreach engineering projects abroad. This year, Tamara has led the ‘Clean Cookstove’ project, establishing contacts in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe. Last summer she took part in two internships with Arup and Huawei.

Finalists:

Dagna Wójciak | University of Edinburgh | Electronics and Electrical Engineering Danielle Kennedy | Lancaster University | Mechanical Engineering Emily Middlebrough | Imperial College London | Aeronautical Engineering Maisie Edwards-Mowforth | University of Edinburgh | Mechanical Engineering Myrto Prodromiti Garneli | Imperial College London | Aeronautical Engineering Rosanna Forster | Sheffield Hallam University | Materials Engineering Ruta Marcinkeviciute | University of Manchester | Aerospace Engineering Tamara Hirst | University of Bristol | Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Tejaswi Tiruvuru | University of Sheffield | Engineering Victoria Laila Neill | Heriot-Watt University | Chemical Engineering

The Computer Science, IT and Physics Undergraduate of the Year Award, partnered by Skyscanner

Alice Edwards, Cardiff University, Computer Science with Security and Forensics

Alice is a final-year student at Cardiff University, studying computer science with security and forensics. She has been coding since she started her GCSEs seven years ago and her favourite thing about computer science is solving analytical puzzles. Her work experience includes IT support for a sales training consultancy and a summer job working in a creative design and digital consultancy to improve its cyber security. Prior to university, Alice achieved A levels in maths, English and computer science. Her hobbies include windsurfing, snowboarding and creative writing.

Finalists:

Alice Edwards | Cardiff University | Computer Science with Security and Forensics Animesh Shankar | King's College London | Computer Science Daryl Cecile | Nottingham Trent University | Computer Science Jean Claude Billy Byiringiro | University of Edinburgh | Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Jerome Illgner | Heriot-Watt University | Computer Science Miriam Robledo | University College London | Arts and Sciences: Science and Engineering Mohammad Ibrahim Mizi | Durham University | Computer Science Nour Elhuda Zuraiki | Lancaster University | Theoretical Physics