UWE Bristol student wins E.ON Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award

Issue date: 25 April 2013


Jake Tudge, a UWE Bristol student in the third year of his MEng Aerospace Engineering Degree, received the title of E.ON Engineering Undergraduate of the Year, at a recent awards ceremony held at Canary Wharf in London. Jake saw off competition from nine other finalists to scoop the top honour at the event, and was presented with his award by Sir Trevor McDonald and Maria Antoniou, Director of Human Resources for E.ON UK.

This is the first time a UWE Bristol student has won the prestigious title and Jake had to complete a rigorous application process to be included amongst the ten finalists.

The initial assessment involved registering his educational details and answering three essay questions, each requiring written answers of up to 500 words, before undertaking a series of numerical, verbal reasoning and competency tests. To Jake's surprise he passed all with flying colours and was invited to an assessment day at the company's Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. Here he took part in a number of group exercises and presentations before being interviewed by two E.ON managers, whose job it was to whittle down the remaining candidates to just ten finalists.

In addition to the title of Engineering Undergraduate of the Year, Jake will embark on a 48 week paid placement with E.ON starting in summer 2013 with a trip to Sweden to visit an energy project set up and operated by the company.

Speaking after the awards, Jake said, “I feel extremely proud and honoured to receive the prestigious Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award from E.ON. The opportunity of a year placement with one of the world's largest power and gas companies is extremely exciting! Furthermore, the prize of a trip to Europe to visit a key energy project is going to be a great experience to see the future of this innovative industry. I look forward to working for E.ON this year and beginning my future in the energy sector. I would like to thank the University and the department for their support during my time at UWE Bristol and providing me with the skills to win this national award."

Professor Paul Olomolaiye, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Environment and Technology, said, “It is fantastic that Jake has won the UK Engineering Undergraduate of the Year, this confirms his excellence as a student and underpins his career development far into the future. UWE Bristol and the faculty are very proud of this achievement.”

Catherine Hobbs, Head of Department for Engineering Design and Mathematics, said, “We are all delighted that Jake's passion for engineering has been recognised in this way. He has so much energy; for the past two years he has worked as a student representative, organising events such as a recent 'Energy Question Time', with a distinguished panel of speakers from UWE Bristol and industry. He goes the extra mile and we think he will be one to watch in the future.

“It's great for the University that Jake has won such a prestigious prize and demonstrates that UWE Bristol is attracting really enthusiastic and talented students.”

You can follow Jake's E.ON adventure on Twitter @jaketudge.

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