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Economics students in the finals for the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards

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Economics students in the finals for the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards

We are very pleased to announce that two Warwick Economics students became finalists in the targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year 2022 Awards and attended a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by Sue Perkins on Friday 29 April 2022.

Kevin Guo, first year student and Joel Cooper, second year student on the BSc Economics programme had been shortlisted for an award; Kevin was selected for the First Generation Undergraduate of the Year 2022 Award and Joel Cooper for the LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year Award 2022. Two more students from Warwick also attended the awards ceremony: Jessica Man from the Department of Chemistry was a finalist of the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award 2022 and Sonali Patel from the Department of Engineering, was this year's winner of the Built Environment Undergraduate of the Year Award 2022.

Last year, Kevin's sister, Jenny GuoLink opens in a new window, a final year student of the Department of Economics, had been selected for the same award as Kevin - the First Generation of the Year 2021 Award and attended a virtual awards ceremony in 2021.

The targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards is an annual competition open to students across the UK where they can win prizes such as placements, internships and trips abroad with internationally recognised organisations. This year there were 11 different awards set up to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific areas and sponsored by employers.

We asked Kevin and Joel to reflect on the competition as well as their time at Warwick and here is what they said:


"As a first-generation in my family to have the chance of attending university, I saw this competition was an incredible opportunity to develop and broaden my skills set. Although I did not expect to be selected as one of the few finalists for the awards ceremony, I decided to enter the competition for the experience that the application would provide. To have received an invitation to attend the awards ceremony in London is something I am very proud of.

My overall experience during the awards ceremony was an incredible one. I had the opportunity to network and meet other amazingly talented finalists across several different award categories. Being able to speak with and explore such a diverse range of skills throughout the ceremony was highly memorable and enjoyable. Additionally, I had the exciting opportunity of meeting Sue Perkins who hosted the event on the day. The reception I received was very inviting with everyone being so friendly to speak with.

I would highly recommend this undergraduate of the year awards to anyone who is considering applying. It will certainly be an unforgettable opportunity you will remember!"

    "I was never naturally the kind of person who would put myself up for an award like this, and if it hadn’t been for the pushing of Thomas Fry, I absolutely wouldn’t have! Yet every moment since applying has been one of the most joyous and empowering experiences I have ever had. It is so easy when you are wrapped up in the intensity of society work to not take the step back and be proud of the hard work we are all putting in and some of the phenomenal things Warwick students are achieving. But awards like this do exactly that. They allow people to share the truly incredible work they are doing to make genuine change in the world.

    I know that in my category alone I have had the pleasure of meeting at least a dozen LGBT+ students throughout the process all of whom are doing the unthinkable through their various projects, from providing academic definitions for terms like ‘non-binary’, to establishing the first ever pride month in Nigeria or leading the fight for more equal representation within sport. Clifford Chance have put in so much work into allowing us to really bond and come together as a group and it made the entire experience feel much more like a celebration than any kind of competition. And that is what makes programmes like this so amazing!

    We congratulate our students on this fantastic achievement and wish them further successes in the future.


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    Photo - from left to right: Jessica Man, Kevin Guo, Sonali Patel and Joel Cooper.