Durham student named country’s top engineering undergraduate

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A STUDENT has been named the UK’s top engineering undergraduate.

Durham University student Bryony Smith beat 300 other entrants in the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, sponsored by E.ON.

Her prize includes a 48-week paid engineering placement, plus a trip for two to the Netherlands to visit a number of cutting-edge energy projects.

“I am delighted to have won and I am really excited to work for E.ON on my placement,” she said.

“Some great candidates entered this year, so I feel particularly privileged.”

Andrew Sharp, talent resourcing consultant at E.ON said: “We were really impressed with Bryony from the outset – she is very driven and motivated to exceed in everything that she does.

“Bryony is clearly committed to a career in engineering and I am sure she will go very far. We look forward to offering her an internship with us”.

The winners were presented with their awards at a gala event at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London.

They were handed out by former cabinet minister Michael Portillo, who said: “It is inspiring and uplifting to hear of the achievements of our highest performing undergraduates.

“Students of this quality will make demanding consumers of education products as tuition fees rise, and will demand good value.”