The University of Sheffield is affiliated to the Undergraduate Awards. The world’s largest international academic awards programme, the 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 2017-18 The Undergraduate Awards received 4,887 submissions from 333 institutions in 46 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 10 institutions worldwide, and Top 3 in Europe for submission rates in 2018.
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?
11 June 2019
(There is NO deadline extension)
Successful University of Sheffield Students
The University of Sheffield students have been highly successful in recent years, with 10 Highly Commended students and 5 European Regional winners in the 2017-18 awards. The 2016-17 awards recognised 20 University of Sheffield students with Highly Commended papers and 2 Regional Winners. In the 2015-16 awards, The University of Sheffield had 13 students receiving 14 Highly Commended awards, with 1 Regional Winner
The 2017-18 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 2017-18 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)
"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)
"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)
"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 2016-17 Regional Winners from the University of Sheffield were:
Elizabeth Jewitt - Earth & Environmental Sciences
Jack Hunnaball - Politics & International Relations
The 2016-17 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 2015-16 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 2015-16
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.