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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.
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 2018 awards
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.
The ICE Communications Competition is open to ICE graduate and student members, who have no more than seven years' industry experience.
If you're working towards technician membership you can also enter the competition, provided you have no more than ten years' industry experience.
The competition gives young engineers the opportunity to develop their communications skills. It involves a role-play public consultation based around mock engineering scheme proposals.
You can find out more on the main Communications Competition page.
The winning team at the North East regional round will receive £250.
Submit your entry documents along with a copy of the North East entry form and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 North East winners MWH team: Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, Ewan Miller and Matthew Foster along with the competition judges.
ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”
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.
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.
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
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?'
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
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their JBM-accredited civil engineering degree course.
The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members in consultation with the Head of Civil Engineering at each awarding university.
The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Durham University Graduation Ceremony.
Nomination citation: Over the course of his four year degree, Oliver achieved consistent first class marks in his exams and coursework, including his third year individual project, which received the second highest mark in his graduating class.
His final year project, titled: 'Cohesive cracking using the Cracking Particles Method', was also awarded one of the highest marks in Oliver's year.
Oliver is now looking forward to starting his engineering career at Newcastle-based Arup, after securing a position at the company from September.
Oliver said: "It is a great honour to receive such a prestigious award, and I am grateful to the ICE and my tutors for their support throughout my course. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Durham and am extremely proud to have been awarded a first class honours degree, with the ICE Student Prize being the icing on the cake.
"I have put a lot of hard work into my studies over the last four years and I am now looking forward to starting my engineering career, building on my enjoyable experiences at Durham University."
Course: MEng H100 – Civil Engineering
The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Newcastle University Graduation Ceremony.
Robert Mounter has the highest overall mark of all of our MEng final year students (78%), has maintained a first class average mark on all four years of his degree programme, and has been the top student in almost every year.
He has demonstrated particular excellence in his chosen specialism of Structural Engineering, with first class marks in all relevant modules, including an unbeatable 98% in his third year 'Structural Analysis 2' module, which so many other students find to me the most difficult module. He achieved 75% in his MEng dissertation project on 'Creep behaviour of different cement pastes at varying levels of porosity: An investigative study using experiments and simulations'.
As degree programme director, I strongly support the nomination of this excellent student, and have no doubt he will be an excellent graduate ambassador for civil engineering.
Course: MEng Civil and Structural Engineering.
The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Teesside University Graduation Ceremony.
Nominations citation: Mark achieved an overall mark of 77%, having consistently being awarded 70% or greater throughout his four year, part time course. This included a 90% grade in his Geotechnical Engineering final year module, as well as 80% in Structural Engineering and Materials – another of Mark's final year modules.
Mark said: "This award success has come as a very pleasant surprise and one that I am extremely proud of. I have worked hard over the last four years, as I have balanced my studies with employment and other commitments, and I am delighted to have graduated with a first class honours degree.
"I would like to thank my tutors and the Institution for their support over the years, which has helped me progress to where I am today. I am now looking forward to building on these successes and forging a highly successful career in the industry."
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Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Northumbria University Graduation Ceremony.
Nomination citation: For his individual research project, Tom has undertaken an ambitious and innovative investigation into cliff erosion threats affecting a key coastal route in the northeast. He utilised cutting edge photogrammetric techniques, which had only been introduced (and not applied) in lectures. Furthermore, Tom developed the technique for abrasive as well as rockfall erosion with a new microscopic approach.
Undertaking this multi-resolution, three-dimensional survey and change detection approach, in a challenging coastal environment pushed Tom to go beyond the time and effort commonly invested in such projects and to learn new data collection and processing approaches. The project displayed excellent and considered reasoning behind the adopted approach and a clear awareness of the limitations involved and suitable precautions to take to improve and optimise the data. The results are well presented and there are excellent attempts to link the findings with wider literature and to process, analyse and critique the data.
Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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