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High-flyers excel in national student business contest

Teams from 12 universities from across the UK recently visited Lancaster University to compete head to head in the prestigious FLUX competition. Their challenge - specifically designed to test business and commercial skills - was set by international construction and engineering group Costain.

The business-focused competition provided real challenges and enabled the students to test a variety of the skills they will need when entering the business world. There were also opportunities for students to network and get advice from business experts and entrepreneurs.


A team from Plymouth University emerged triumphant in the grand final at the end of the challenging and intensive two-day contest. Lancaster University, whose own team reached the final, will host the FLUX event for the next three years.

Mark Diggle, Head of Careers at Lancaster University, said:

"This year's FLUX competition demonstrated that there is some truly outstanding business talent coming through our universities. This is the first year that Lancaster University have organised this prestigious event and it was a pleasure to see the teams working so well on the challenges."

Demonstrating key skills

Charlotte Hey, Quality and Performance Manager with Costain, said:

"I was amazed by how committed all the students were and the drive and initiative that they showed throughout the competition. All of the judges from Costain praised the students for their enthusiastic approach and determination to complete the challenge."

Abu Saleh from Deloitte, one of the event's sponsors and judges, commented:

"Increasingly, graduates are required to demonstrate problem solving skills and commercial awareness. Events such as FLUX provide great opportunities for participants to demonstrate that they possess such skills when interviewing."

Further information

For more information, please contact: Lyndsey Egerton, Lancaster University.

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