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Queen's student named UK's top undergraduate

A Queen's University student has been named UK Undergraduate Of The Year in a national competition.

Third-year Finance student Mark Devine, from north Belfast, won the Mathematics, Economics and Finance category of the annual TARGETjobs Undergraduate Of The Year awards, putting him in prime position to launch a career in international trading, starting with a 12-week internship at Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd (GM&T).

The internship, which will begin after Mark graduates next month, comprises 11 weeks at GM&T head office in London and one week in the company's Singapore branch. The 23-year-old will be working as part of the Product Control team.

An award-winning student within the Queen's School of Management, Mark has already worked for a year with financial-services giant Morgan Stanley and has scored a scholarship to sit the US-based Chartered Financial Analyst exam this summer.

A keen musician who plays guitar, violin and piano, Mark displayed an entrepreneurial streak at an early age, setting up a string-quartet business while still a pupil at St Malachy's College in Belfast.

Mark was picked out of 20 finalists in his category. Resourcing Partner at GM&T, Ben Carney, said: "Mark displayed all the key attributes that we look for in an intern."

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