About the awards

The Undergraduate of the Year Awards were set up to identify and celebrate the UK’s best undergraduates. Being the best means combining academic excellence and the ability to pass a series of challenging online assessments with good written communication skills and the interpersonal skills to stand out among their peers in assessment centres. The final shortlist of ten students for each award are invited to a glitzy ceremony in April, during which the winners are announced.

Each award is partnered by a prominent employer who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, which could include a paid internship, a trip abroad or other exclusive opportunities.

Each award has clearly stated entry criteria, such as year of study and a minimum educational requirement. Students who don't meet the entry criteria will not be considered.

Undergraduates from all UK universities are eligible – if you meet the entry criteria – and past winners have come from over 50 different universities.

You may well be eligible to enter more than one award but the rules of the competition mean that you can only enter for ONE award, so choose wisely. Read each entry page carefully to see which award you're best suited for before you start the application process.

The entry process

The process starts online with the collection of basic personal information, up to three tests devised by SHL Talent Measurement ™, and up to four questions posed by the award partner (specific details can be found under the heading ‘How do I win?’ for each award). This phase can take around two hours but you don't need to complete everything in one visit; you can save and come back at any time before the closing date in January.

The students who perform best in the tests and who best match the requirements of the partner are selected for the second stage, which often involves meeting other finalists at a partner-led assessment centre, as well as undergoing an interview. From there, the best ten students are then invited to the awards ceremony in April, where the winner is announced.

The targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards are the only undergraduate awards in the UK and are widely recognised by graduate recruiters. Winning a targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award – or being a finalist – often leads to a job offer. Those shortlisted have a recognised accolade to add to their CV and benefit from a networking day with top graduate employers.

Find out more about how to make yourself a top candidate for leading employers