Awards and recognition for placement students

There are various awards throughout the year that you can apply for, some focused on students who have completed placements and summer internships and some that offer you the chance to win a placement or internship. Information about the awards will be updated on our webpage as they become available. You can find out if there are any awards you are eligible to apply for below:

 What awards can I enter?

National Undergraduate Employability Awards | RateMyPlacement - suitable for students who have completed a placement year or summer internship | OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Application deadline - Friday 11th November 2016

These awards reward and recognise the amazing achievements carried out by university students and societies across the UK. You can nominate yourself, or get your employer to nominate you, for Best Placement Student, Best Intern or Best Student Contribution to an SME. Students' Union societies can nominate for Best University Society.

Last year, three University of Sheffield students were shortlisted for these awards. Here's what they had to say about their shortlisting and the awards themselves:

 "It was such an honour to be nominated by the company I spent a year with during my time in industry and be recognised for the hard work I put in. The event was a great opportunity to network with graduate employers from all over the country, and was a well-organised, enjoyable experience." Shannon, MChem Chemistry with Study In Industry

"It was invaluable networking experience at a lovely venue in London. It was nice to get recognised celebrate and all the hard work that I put into my placement year. I am thankful to have given something back to my department who have treated me so well throughout my 5 year association in Sheffield and provided me with opportunities for graduate employment as a result." Lawrie, MChem Chemical Engineering with a Year In Industry

Undergraduate of the Year Awards | TARGETJobs - various categories open to penultimate and final year students | CLOSED FOR NOMINATIONS

The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year is an annual awards competition which aims to find the best undergraduates in the UK. Prizes include work placements, exclusive overseas trips and much more. Categories cover various degree areas and also include categories such as Future CFO and Future Business Leader.

Award Winning Students

Over the past few years, a number of these awards have been won by University of Sheffield students. You can find out more about what awards they have won and why below.

Winner | RateMyPlacement | Best Student Contribution to a Small or Medium-Sized Organisation 2014: Mihaela Gruia, BA International Relations and Politics with Employment Experience

Mihaela, who won her award for the impact she made during her placement year with FleishmanHillard, said this about winning the award and her placement: “The NUE Awards were a fantastic opportunity to seize and I am so glad I decided to apply. The words that stayed with me after the awards ceremony were; “Be active, work hard, be resilient and never give up! ... The past 10 months have been truly great. I learned the huge difference between working and studying, I gained valuable skills to further my personal development, I learned how to deal with difficult situations in a high-pressure environment and I now appreciate my free time a lot more! Would I apply for this it again? Definitely; I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to grow so much in such a short period of time and to meet some inspirational people along the way."

Winner | Target Jobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2014 | Engineering Category: Alan Middup

Mechanical Engineering student, Alan Middup, won the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award in 2014. The award was sponsored by E.ON who have given Alan the opportunity to spend a year working with them on an industrial placement. Alan is a STEMNET ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) and is team principal of the University of Sheffield’s Formula Racing team.
In addition to Alan’s award, no fewer than seven University of Sheffield students progressed through to the finals of the awards, and the University received the highest number of nominations overall.

Previous Award Winners


Pei Lyn Tey | GSK | Winner "Best Placement Student 2017" | NUE Awards

MBB student, Pei Lyn Tey won "Best Placement Student" at the NUE awards with her work at GSK. This Award celebrates the genuine and measurable impact a student has contributed whilst on placement to a business across the UK.

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Sarah Leggett | Winner TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2013: Construction Engineering and Design Category

Civil and Structural Engineering student, Sarah Leggett, 21, won the Construction Engineering and Design category and was awarded a summer placement with Laing O'Rourke - an international engineering enterprise.


Amy Brereton | Enterprise Rent-A-Car | Winner "Best Placement Student 2013" | NUE Awards

Amy was awarded UK's Best Placement Student after proving herself as a determined and hardworking business leader of the future. Throughout the placement Amy transformed the under-performing branch of ERAC and helped to double its revenue in a short space of time.


Danny McAllister | Buzzlines Travel | Winner "Best Contribution to a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise 2012" | NUE Awards

"The reason I won was that I had created new streams of revenue for the company by creating, managing and expanding a new student travel company called The Buzz Student Travel.”


Sophie Petrie | HSBC | Winner "Best Intern 2012" | NUE Awards

"I really threw myself into the role this summer and constantly sought to exceed expectations. I was very lucky that HSBC placed me in a department that challenged me and allowed me to experience life as an everyday banker with responsibilities, not just a summer intern."