Two University of Leicester students in the running for national undergraduate of the year award
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 April 2012
Two talented University of Leicester students are in the running to be named the best Management undergraduate student in the country.
Jennifer Morgan, 19, and Sarah Gummery, 21, have made it to the last 10 students in the country in the Management category of the Undergraduate of the Year awards.
They will attend the awards ceremony in East Wintergarden, in Canary Wharf, London, on April 13, where the winners will be announced and given their prizes by former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo.
The awards are organised by graduate careers service Target Jobs, and the marketing award is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The winner's prize is a ten week summer placement including time in the USA.
To get to the final stage, the students had to go through a series of online assessments, submit data on their academic performance, answer a series of bespoke questions set by the sponsor and undertake a set of other assessments including interviews, selection centres and tests.
This year, 5,200 students entered from around 100 universities and only 650 passed the test stage.
Jennifer, who is originally from Atticall, County Down, Northern Ireland, is in her second year at the University and also does part-time work for ASDA and voluntary work for her local council.
She said: "It's a great opportunity being nominated for the award, and getting through all the stages, as Enterprise is a great company to be associated with. I'm looking forward to be in the business hub of London and socialising with many influential businessmen/women, and hopefully winning.
"I think I was nominated for my great rapport with people, I'm able to communicate and build relationships with many different people. I find my subject so engaging because it's what I enjoy, and I've met a lot of interesting, like-minded people."
Sarah, from Maidstone, Kent, worked for Santander as a customer service adviser before starting her degree, and went to China to teach English last summer at the end of her first year.
She said: "When I first applied for the award I never thought I would be in the final ten. It was quite unexpected, but the more I thought about it I realised I deserve to be there as much as anyone else. I am really looking forward to the whole event.
"I think I have got to the final because since a young age I have always put myself out there and taken all the opportunities given to me - I organised our school prom which made a £1,000 profit."
Bob Athwal, Director of the University's Careers Service, said: "It is really great news for the girls and for Leicester because it shows the calibre of the students we have here. It continues to cement our reputation as a leading university with great students that are not just academically smart but have something extra about them."
This is the third year of the awards ceremony, and four University of Leicester students reached the final last year.
Jennifer Morgan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Gummery can be contacted at email@example.comReport by Mark Cardwell