Published: 14 March 2014

The best placement student in the UK

Surrey undergraduate wins national student placement award.

Elinor Goodhead, a final-year Business Management student at Surrey Business School, has won the award for ‘Best Placement Student’ at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2014.

The award, chosen from over 400 nominations, was presented for Elinor’s work while on her Professional Training placement at IBM.

Working within the UK Software Group division and supporting the Public Sector sales team, Elinor was described by the head of her team as “a critical member, valued and respected by everyone who had the pleasure to work with her”.

Elinor’s achievements included attracting attendance 40% above target for a marketing event, and being selected as Project Manager for a prestigious Career Academy for 280 of her fellow placement students.

Showcasing best practice within the industry, the NUE Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of employers, universities, and students involved in undergraduate placements and internships.

"I am very proud to have won this award”, said Elinor. “I never expected I could achieve so much at the start of the year, but with the encouragement from Surrey Business School to take on these challenges, I was reassured that I had their help to be successful. 

“The placement year has prepared me to be a graduate professional, not just a student. I encourage others to take the unique placement year opportunity that Surrey offers and see just how much you can achieve too.”

The University of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme offers students the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice in a real professional environment.

Surrey Business School enjoys close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors. These are reflected in the companies for which our students have worked on their placements, including 3M, Ernst & Young, HP, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Xerox.

Discover more about Professional Training at Surrey and about Business and Management programmes at Surrey Business School.

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