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Loughborough University student named one of the UK’s brightest and best

Catherine Smith, a Sports Science student at Loughborough University, has been named runner-up in the National Student Challenge for the UK’s best and brightest university students.

Over 4,300 students studying a range of subjects at 149 different universities registered for the Challenge. After taking a lengthy online intelligence test, the 60 with the highest scores were invited to the final stage. As part of that they undertook a variety of practical tests, including individual and group exercises to test their decision making, creativity and business awareness. The exercises were based on the challenges they will face at assessment centres in their final year.

The TARGETjobs National Student Challenge is open to any student. It is organised in partnership with headline partner Siemens, and eBay, Smiths News PLC, Cognizant, BDO and Norton Rose Fulbright. The support of top employers shows how important it is for UK businesses to identify the talented leaders of the future.

Claire Williams, Marketing Communications Manager, Graduates and Skills at Siemens, said: "We wanted to partner with the National Student Challenge as it's a great opportunity to engage with university students from across the UK, whilst allowing them to develop their employability skills. Those who made the final got an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with employers and experience what graduate assessment centres are like."