North East - awards

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

ICE North East runs a number of awards and competitions to promote and celebrate civil engineering across the region. They recognise the projects that members work on and examples of outstanding individual achievement.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Robert Stevenson Award winners 2018

Robert Stephenson Awards

ICE North East presents the Robert Stephenson Awards every year as a celebration of civil engineering excellence in the region. The awards ensure projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results are announced at the annual dinner and awards are presented by the ICE president.

Apply for the 2019 awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE North East also gives and supports a number of awards that showcase the individual expertise and excellence of members. Find out more about the awards and how you can enter.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

This competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat in Newcastle. If I am successful in the heat I will go through to present at the North East and Yorkshire regional final in York.

If I win the regional final in York I will be invited to present at the Pitch 200 Grand Finale in November at One Great George Street in London.


The North East region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the ICE North East.

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This annual competition, formerly known as the Papers Competition, promotes and rewards excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The North East regional heat is open to all current ICE graduate and student members who live, work or study in the region.

Watch this space for more details about the North East competition.

Graduate and student members can submit papers on any areas of engineering design, research or practice. Entries can be adapted from undergraduate research papers, university projects, professional development or professional review reports. It's preferable for papers to be based on work done by the applicant, or that they were involved in.

The judging panel is made up of experts from across the region with wide experience and knowledge.

The judges will select from the entries submitted and finalists will be invited to submit their full paper and to present it at the regional final in Newcastle.


  • 1st place - £250
  • 2nd place - £150
  • 3rd place - £100

The regional winner may be shortlisted for the national final where a top prize of £1,500 and an Institution Medal can be won.

Find out more and apply

Previous winner

2017 award winner Beth Barnes
Beth Barnes receiving her award from ICE President Professor Tim Broyd

Beth Barnes, who is studying for her PhD at Newcastle University, was presented with the ICE Emerging Engineers Award, in recognition of her paper on disaster management, titled: 'Is agent based modelling the solution to improving disaster management?'

National competition

The Emerging Engineers Award culminates in a national competition. 3 winners from across the UK are selected to take part in the final, held at our headquarters in London.

The selected finalists each present their papers, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Find out more about the final

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