David Galbraith, a final year Computing and Information Technology student at Queen's, is officially the UK Universities' Brightest Business Brain!
Friday the 9th of December saw 60 of the best students at the UK's top Universities descend on London for the Grand Final of Universities' Brightest Business Brain, with a view to fighting it out to be crowned overall champion. Launched in September, the competition saw more than 3,000 students register and take 4 online exercises designed by cut-e to assess the kind of competencies, traits and aptitudes associated with successful business people as well as identifying commercial awareness. Having taken the exercise students were immediately given their score which was posted on to the Leaderboard showing them their position and highlighting if they had made it through to the Grand Final.
The top 60 from off the Leaderboard were invited to the Grand Final in London to demonstrate further their abilities and commercial awareness through 5 face to face assessment exercises created and run by cut-e and the competition's sponsors including Cass Business School, CIMA, National Grid and RBS. The exercises reflected important competencies each of the sponsors look for in students as well as giving the Grand Final participants a feel for who the sponsors are and what they do. Exercises included a debate, team working and communication exercises and a business case study.
With students attending from all over the UK the competition throughout the day was intense yet friendly as everyone knew they were in with a chance of winning the £1000 first prize. In the end though there could be only one overall winner with 1st prize and £1000 going to David Galbraith from Queen's University Belfast, 2nd prize and £500 went to Will Spain from the University of Exeter and 3rd prize and £250 went to Philippa Naylor from the University of Cambridge. The day finished with drinks, food and networking and lots of excitement around next year's competition.