Heriot-Watt University student among top female undergraduates across UK



Heriot-Watt University student Heather Bruce has been named as one of 10 finalists in the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award 2019.

A record 4,500 students applied to this year's TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, which recognise top university students from around the country.

Fourth year Mechanical Engineering (MEng) student Heather Bruce successfully earned her place in the top 10 of her Award category.

There are 14 different awards that cover a range of academic subjects and skillsets. The Female Undergraduate of the Year Award, held in partnership with Rolls Royce, aims to celebrate the success of females in further education and inspire young females considering their next steps and future careers.

Now in its tenth year, the Award is open to students across the UK, who compete to win prizes such as placements, internships and trips abroad with internationally recognised organisations.

To make it to the final of the Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2019 students had to first complete an application, including essay style questions and online tests. Once passing that stage, students were either invited to a telephone interview or take part in an assessment centre.

Heather Bruce has completed two internships – one with Mercury Engineering and one with Chevron. She has an internship with Rolls Royce this summer, working with civil aerospace.

Heather is also a Schlumberger Scholarship student and has recently won the Hammermen of Edinburgh award. She has been heavily involved in the women in STEM movement, speaking at magazine events and conferences.

Heather said: “I am shocked I managed to make it to the top 20 never mind being shortlisted for the top ten! It was such an experience getting to meet all the other girls and see what amazing achievements they have obtained in their years at university. I am very excited to attend the final in April and find out who the winner is."

The finalists will attend an event in London on 26 April to celebrate their achievements and find out the Award winners.