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St Andrews students win top awards

Two students from the University of St Andrews have won top awards that will see them take up prestigious placements this summer.

Adam Copp and Lorcan Morgan were awarded at the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards in association with SHL.

Chris Phillips, Adam Copp and Michael Portillo

Adam was named the IT and Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year. The award, sponsored by BT, was launched to find Britain’s most promising IT student and attracted hundreds of entries.

As well as receiving the impressive accolade, Adam has also won a summer placement at BT’s Research and Development site in Suffolk with one week at a BT European office.

Chris Phillips, Lorcan Morgan and Michael Portillo

Lorcan Morgan won the Mathematics Undergraduate of the Year Award, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

His prize is also a placement but with a week spent in RBS’s US office.  Lorcan beat 258 entrants to win this award.

The St Andrews pair were presented their awards by The Right Honourable Michael Portillo.  He said: “I have been incredibly impressed by the motivation of the students that I have met here. They are dedicated to forwarding their careers and are doing all they can to present themselves as top class candidates both through their university work and extra curricular activities. I am sure that they will be very successful in their chosen fields.”

Chris Phillips, publishing director at Group GTI, the organisers of the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, commented: “TARGETjobs would like to congratulate all the nominees on their fantastic achievements. They have been put through their paces throughout the award assessment process designed by SHL and really do deserve to be recognised for their hard work. In today’s climate, students need to do all they can to stand out from the crowd and we have seen some great applicants who are doing just this.”

The winners were announced at a special awards event at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf attracting an audience of over 200.

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