Informatics student named the Undergraduate of the Year

[26/04/2024] John Sykes, a 3rd year Computer Science student won the 2024 targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award in the category of Software Engineering. This year's award ceremony took place on Friday 26 April in London’s Canary Wharf.

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John is a penultimate-year Computer Science student at the University of Edinburgh. His interest in software started when he joined a student-led group developing a snake bite reporting app in Ho Chi Minh City. Recently, he has become keen on programming language design and implementation, and he hopes to enrich his understanding of the topic in his final year. Outside of his studies, John loves to learn about food science via cooking and understand food’s cultural history. 

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been named Undergraduate of the Year. I loved how many of us were representing the University of Edinburgh. The event exuded excitement and felt like a genuine celebration. Sue Perkins, as the host, was an excellent choice. I highly recommend that all students apply for these awards next year, regardless of any self-doubt they may feel. TargetJobs and their sponsors have created a valuable opportunity for recognition by industry-leading companies.

The Undergraduate of the Year Awards were set up to identify and celebrate the UK’s best undergraduates. Each award is partnered with a prominent employer that provides a prize for the winner, including a paid internship, a trip abroad or other exclusive opportunities. The winner of the Software Engineer category is awarded a paid Skyscanner 12-week internship in Edinburgh, and exclusive one-to-one networking opportunities with senior colleagues and £300 to spend on travel. 

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