University of Leicester eBulletin

Award for Leicester Graduate

January 2003
No 2

Liz Burgess
ALSTOM's Graduate of the Year: Liz Burgess

For the second year running, a University of Leicester engineering graduate has won ALSTOM’s Graduate of the Year Award.

Liz Burgess, who graduated from the University in 2001 with a first class degree of BEng Mechanical (Industry in Europe), worked for ALSTOM during her degree course and re-joined the company full-time following her graduation.  

The award is part of a scheme operated by ALSTOM’s Technology Centre based in Whetstone, Leicester, to ensure employees’ contributions and achievements are recognised. Employees nominate their colleagues for a number of different awards representing a range of activities. Winners are then selected by a panel and an award presentation is made in September each year.  

University of Leicester graduates have been doing well. Last year’s ALSTOM winner was Nic Allen, who graduated in 2000 from Leicester.

Liz is on ALSTOM’s IMechE accredited training scheme, which will provide her with the development opportunities and competencies she needs before she can be elected as a Member of IMechE and achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Liz Burgess

After taking her ‘A’ Levels at Hull Grammar School, Liz Burgess joined the University of Leicester to take a BEng Mechanical (Industry in Europe) degree course. As part of her degree programme she spent a year working for ALSTOM in Belfort in eastern France near the Swiss and German borders. Her main field of interest is in Materials and she is also hoping to become more involved with Six Sigma, a process improvement tool increasingly used worldwide by major companies.

Liz Burgess said: “I was very surprised and pleased to be named Graduate of the Year- I have found all my placements so far really interesting and challenging, and hope I will continue to justify ALSTOM’s investment in my training. My experiences with ALSTOM have reinforced my enthusiasm for engineering, which was founded by the excellent teaching and guidance I received during my degree at the University of Leicester.”

Head of the University of Leicester Department of Engineering Professor Ian Postlethwaite added: “Liz Burgess was a very bright and popular student. Everyone in Engineering knew Liz and now it looks as though everyone in ALSTOM also knows Liz Burgess. I am delighted that she continues to do well. She is a credit to the Department.” 


Further information is available from Liz Burgess, email, telephone 0116 284 5702. For more details on the University of Leicester Engineering Department contact Professor Ian Postlethwaite, telephone 0116 252 2546, email

ALSTOM is the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The Company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation and power transmission and distribution, and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine.

In fiscal year 2001/02, ALSTOM had annual sales in excess of 23€ billion and employed 112,000 people in over 70 countries.

ALSTOM is listed on the Paris, London and New York stock exchanges. 

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