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The University of Sheffield is affiliated to the Global Undergraduate Awards. The world’s largest international academic awards programme, the Global Undergraduate Awards recognises innovation and excellence at undergraduate level. Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, UA identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

Have your work recognised on a global stage

In 2019 The Global Undergraduate Awards received 3,437 submissions from 338 institutions in 50 different countries.  The programme creates the opportunity for students to have their undergraduate work published and recognised as world-leading. Winners are eligible to attend a global summit in Dublin in November of each year. The University of Sheffield was one of the Top 3 institutions worldwide in terms of submissions. 

Who can apply?

The Undergraduate Awards programme is open to full-time undergraduate students from all disciplines in their penultimate and final year of a degree course. Part-time students who are studying an undergraduate degree may also take part in awards, on the condition that they have completed two-thirds of their course.

What work can be submitted?

Students can submit any piece of individual undergraduate coursework which received a II.1 or above. For more information regarding submissions, please visit the Undergraduate Awards website.

When is the deadline?

The Summer 2020 deadline will be published here once available.

(There is NO deadline extension)

To register and submit your work to the Global Undergraduate Awards, please click here

Successful University of Sheffield Students

The University of Sheffield students have been highly successful in 2019, with 8 Highly Commended students and one student winning two European Regional awards for her work. Sheffield has been well-represented since affiliation with the Undergraduate Awards began. 


The 2019 Regional Winner from the University of Sheffield was:

 Katie Mansfield (x2) - Education, Linguistics

The 2019 Highly Commended Entrants from the University of Sheffield were:

Erin Evans - Life Sciences

Timothy Davidson - Linguistics

Ethan Hemmati - Literature

Semsinur Kaya - Literature

Beth Montgomery - Literature

Ellie Nodder - Literature

Oanh Kieu Vo - Medical Sciences

Peter Travis - Politics and International Relations

Charlie Marsden Hockings - Psychology


The 2018 Regional Winners from the University of Sheffield were:

Kacper Pach - Architecture and Design

Joshua Lawlor - Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Saylee Jangam - Engineering

Taya Dixon - Linguistics

Laura Hughes - Philosophy

The 2018 Highly Commended Entrants from the University of Sheffield were:

Dale Riahi - Business

Imogen Beschi - Business

Madawi Alahmad - Education

Hinesh Patel - Engineering

Natasha Edwards - Engineering

Jack Henry - Life Sciences

Clodagh Murphy - Literature

Wiktoria Kulik - Philosophy

Michael Berry - Politics and International Relations

Natasha Coleman - Social Sciences: Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Saylee Jangam - European Regional Winner 2018 (Engineering)

Saylee UA 2018"When I applied to the UA Awards, I would never have imagined that my paper would be ranked the highest in the Engineering Category across Europe. I was overjoyed when I found out that it was highly commended, which meant that it was within the top 10% of the 4,887 papers submitted to the Awards. Prior to submitting my paper, I presented it at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) held at Sheffield and at the Speak Out for Engineering Competition organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. As someone who has been involved with various research internships throughout University, I could not recommend research experience more, whether you’re considering an academic career or not. The experience allows you to develop strong analytical skills and independence over your project, in addition to communication skills when presenting your work, and these are invaluable skills to have in whichever field you pursue."

Joshua Lawlor - European Regional Winner 2018 (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering)

Joshua Lawlor at the UA 2018"From the submission of my completed thesis, I received recognition as the European winner for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Supported by the University, I attended the global summit in Dublin, Ireland, where I was able to convey my research to an audience as eager to learn as they were to share. Receiving accreditation developed my confidence to venture out socially by, for example, engaging with the peers and industrial representatives in attendance. The entirety of the summit represented a rewarding conclusion to my undergraduate research."

Madawi Alahmad - Highly Commended Entrant 2018 (Education)Madawi Alahmad at the UA 2018

"Attending the Global Undergraduate Summit was a wonderful experience. I personally got to meet many undergraduate students from different places in the world who do either similar or completely different research from mine but all of them had a great passion for their field of interest. It was truly inspiring to be amongst these student who generated valuable knowledge and were willing to make such complex knowledge accessible to others who don't necessarily share their background, it was great to see this challenging skill naturally develop within the multidisciplinary context of the summit. The collaboration that took place within this event provided me with great hope for the future as we need more diverse people to come together and share their views and knowledge. It has truly been an amazing experience."


The 2017 Regional Winners from the University of Sheffield were:

Elizabeth Jewitt - Earth & Environmental Sciences

Jack Hunnaball - Politics & International Relations

The 2017 Highly Commended Entrants from the University of Sheffield were:

Giorgos Loakeimidis - Business

Jessica Murray - Business

Kamilla Rakhmat - Business

Sophie Greaves - Chemical & Pharmaceutical

Jack Deadman - Computer Sciences

Louise Baddeley - Earth & Environmental Sciences

Maria Podesta-Peffers - Earth & Environmental Sciences

Sanja Arsova (City College) - Economics

Lindsay Hirst - Education

William Chandler - Engineering

Sebastian Despuig Reid - Engineering

Matthew Mayes - Law

Hsin-Yu Chen - Life Sciences

Hannah Jayne Spencer - Literature

Nora Eisner - Mathematics & Physics

Michaela Poolford - Psychology

Ramsha Qureshi - Psychology


The 2016 Highly Commended Entrants from the University of Sheffield were:

Hannah Thornton - Art History, Music, Film & Theatre

Jessica Murray - Business

Beth Harvey - Earth & Environmental Sciences

Rasan Chandra - Engineering

Samuel Whittaker - History

Aryan Baghbadrani - Medical Sciences

Emma Shaw - Medical Sciences

Leila Morris - Politics &; International Relations

Silvia Leone - Built Environment

Sanja Arsova - Business

Dzhuliya Katsarova - Business

Robin Chapman - Literature: English and Art History, Music, Film & Theatre

European Regional Winner 20116 UAWinner2016

The University are delighted to announce that Nikhil Jacob, with his paper ‘Automatic Artefact Removal to improve EEG Source Localization accuracies in Brain Computer Interface systems’ was recognised as the highest performing paper in the Europe region, in the Engineering category.

Nikhil attended the Global Summit in Dublin in November 2016 with financial support from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 301 Academic Skills Centre, and Your Global Sheffield.

What made you enter the Undergraduate Awards?

I was nearing the end of my 3rd year research project when I received an email regarding the undergraduate awards. It looked both intimidating and exciting the first time I read the email, especially when I realized it was a worldwide competition. The submission process was very simple, so that provided an extra incentive, especially when you are bogged down with exams!

Were you encouraged by your supervisor?

Yes, definitely! My supervisor Dr.Greg Cook is very open minded and encourages students to propose their own ideas. He often encourages us to take the lead - one of his favourite phrases is ‘you teach me!’.

Tell us more about the work you submitted.

I was working on Brain Computer Interfaces, a technology that would allow you to control the world around you with thought alone, sounds like X-Men stuff doesn’t it?! But based on reality. This is how it works. First, you put on a EEG headset on your head, which would capture electrical signals produced at the scalp, due to neurons firing deep in your brain. Then a computer will analyse these and send a command to a device; for example, telling a wheelchair to move forward (if that’s what you thought). Crazy right? Who would have thought your brain produces electrical signals that you could measure on your scalp using a cheap headset, instead of using huge MRI machines?

EEG headsets suffer from a lack of accuracy, as opposed to the more expensive MRI machines. While you may be able to track thoughts with more resolution by using an MRI, using an EEG headset may not have such a high resolution, sort of like trying to look ahead while driving, with dense fog. You see cars ahead but not clearly enough. A way to solve this is to remove artefacts. Artefacts are like bad guys, which distort the signals coming from the brain, making it less representative of your thought. Electrical signals produced when you blink your eye or use your muscles, are examples of artefacts. I developed automatic algorithms to remove these artefacts, so that the computer can see and track your thought processes more accurately, and then send it to the outside world to control things!

How does it feel to have your work recognized internationally?

Simply awesome! First of all, it gave me more confidence. Second, it confirmed inclinations I had towards research in this field, and pursuing a career in academia generally. Third, it has given more opportunities and has leveraged my profile, with regards to applying for further education. Finally, it has taught me that there is no harm in trying; that the important thing always is to give it a go!

What are you looking forward to most about attending the Global Summit in November? I am most looking forward to meeting other winners and networking with them. I feel like it is an amazing opportunity to learn what people around the world are doing. Also, I am looking forward to hearing from prominent speakers such as the first African American women who went to space. I really want to talk to her and hear what space was like, first hand. That would be awesome if I get the chance to do that. Finally, I am also excited about presenting my work, to see if there are others with interest in a similar field.