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.

Robert Stephenson Awards

Chester le Street Flood Alleviation Scheme

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. Our 2022 awards are now open for entries!

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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

Graduate engineer nets Pitch 200 title with fishy video

Verena Fernandes representing South East England netted the most votes to win ICE Pitch 200 after explaining the consequences of dams on salmon migration and possible solutions in just 200 seconds!

More than 3,400 people voted as part of the unique competition that challenges ICE members to use their creativity and communication skills to explain a civil engineering concept or project in an accessible and entertaining self-filmed video.

Vivek Jhaveri representing the Middle East region came second with a pitch video on the use of 3D printed concrete in construction, while third place went to Scotland’s Lauryn Steel for a video on bridge types.

Well done to North East finalist Paula McMahon for her entertaining pitch on engineering our way out of extinction. Worth a watch - not in the top 3 but very inspiring with a strong message.

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For more information about Pitch 200, please email [email protected].

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This annual 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.


  • Develop your self-marketing skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Improve your written and verbal skills to get ready for interviews or your professional review
  • Opportunities to add to your CPD records
  • Winning looks great on your CV
  • Share experiences and network
  • Prizes - £250 for first place, £150 for second, and £100 for third

The regional winner may be shortlisted to present at the international final, where another cash prize and an Institution Medal can be won.

Find out more about the North East's award

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

Most recent winner

Selina Rai, Structural Engineer from Arup was the winner of the 2020 combined North East & Yorkshire and Humber Emerging Engineers Award.

Selina Rai

She impressed the judges with her paper on 'The Effect of Staggered Openings on the Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls'.

STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

This fantastic award honours an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to civil engineering by giving his or her time, to inspire the next generation of civil engineers on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The ICE North East STEM Ambassador of the Year winner will receive an award, announced during our annual awards in spring, and then be put forward for the UK competition. .

Judging Criteria

Entrants will be judged on a common criteria, aimed at rewarding the individual who most clearly demonstrates commitment to inspiring the next generation and does so in a way that successfully inspires young people to go on study civil engineering/STEM subjects as appropriate.

A panel of judges will assess each entry according to the extent to which it demonstrates:

1. Commitment:

  • Number of activities completed
  • The individual has taken part in a range of activities

2. Quality:

  • The individual has brought enthusiasm and experience to an audience of young people
  • They have provided appropriate and useful information to enable young people to make informed decisions on their next steps to becoming a civil engineer
  • Through their professionalism, they will have acted as an inspiring role model

3. Going above and beyond

  • Inspiring colleagues and peers to become ICE STEM Ambassadors
  • Working with ICE to improve its education outreach

Entries are open for all individuals who:

  1. Are a current ICE North East member
  2. Are registered as a STEM Learning Ambassador
  3. Have carried out activities in the last year in the North East as an ICE STEM Ambassador

The award opens in the autumn and nominations can be made by the individual themselves or by another ICE member on behalf of an individual they would like to see recognised.

Winners of the regional award will go forward to the national final.


esh civils logo

We are delighted to have Esh Civils on board as sponsors of ICE North East’s STEM Ambassador of the Year Award. Esh Civils is the civil engineering contracting division of Esh Construction. They have developed a longstanding reputation for service excellence across both the public and private sector.

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STEM Ambassador of the Year Award 2020

Paula MacMahon

Paula McMahon, our Teesside Branch Chair and was awarded the STEM Ambassador of the Year Award 2020. She is extremely dedicated and committed to inspiring young people to take up a career in civil engineering. Paula has been really active online during the last year supporting students and apprentices in the North East and beyond. Going digital has allowed her to increase the reach of her voice. In the last year alone her STEM Ambassador Log shows over 40,000 participants reached.

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