A 22-year-old student from Eton Wick has won a national Undergraduate of the Year Award.

Tom Moran collected the first-ever TARGETjobs UK LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year Award at Canary Wharf, in London.

Tom, who is in the fourth year of studying for a BSc in Management and Information Technology at Lancaster Management School, was one of four Lancaster students to be shortlisted for the 14 awards presented in the capital from among a record 4,500 entrants.

He is the founder of Lancaster’s first Sign Language Society, the disability representative for LGBT and the lead for students with learning differences.

Outside university, he has undertaken an IT placement with the defence and security company BAE Systems, promoting its disability and LGBTQ+ employee networks, represented the Management School in Boston and constructed the first signed version of a UK Eurovision Song Contest entry.

“To be announced the first ever, LGBTQ+ Undergraduate of the Year is such an overwhelmingly amazing experience, and one I will never forget,” said Tom. “This is recognition for all the campaigns, events and societies I have been actively involved in during both college and university, by Clifford Chance, National Student Pride and Attitude Magazine.

“I would also like to thank and celebrate those shortlisted, and the finalists for this award, as I know together we will continue to promote and advocate for inclusion.”