North East - Inspire

North East Inspire competiton.

Inspire 2021 sponsored by Costain is now open for entries.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) represents civil engineers around the world.

To combat the skills shortage within the UK engineering industry, ICE North East are looking to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

The UK needs innovative ideas to attract engineers from all areas of society to ensure a diverse workforce fit to tackle challenges such as climate change, population growth, building bigger and taller buildings and providing clean water and sanitation for all.

For a chance to win a cash prize for your school all you need to do is get a team of between 4 and 6 students together and produce a video to inspire civil engineers of the future. Students must be in Year 7.

Teams must produce a 2 minute video which answers the question "How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?”

Choose a topic below to form the theme of the video. Here you will find further information and useful resources about the topics listed.

This competition is a great chance for students to put research and creative skills to the test and to learn about a rewarding career.

All entries will be assessed by a panel of professional and local engineers.

Winners will be announced after the Easter holidays.

The three best teams overall will be awarded cash prizes for their school:

Position Prize for school
1st £150 to your school
2nd £75 to your school

The winning team will be announced via social media and feature in a news article on the website. Photos may also be used by ICE in future campaigns.

In the first instance a registration form must be downloaded and completed to show your intention to enter.

Deadline for registration is now 17.00 on Wednesday 31 March 2020. This has been extended from Friday 18 December 2020 due to schools being closed.  Download and submit registration form

A resource pack will be sent via email to all teams that register with information about civil engineering and further details on the competition.

Video submissions can be made at any time until the entry deadline of 30 June 2021, which has been extened from 31 March 2021.

Submit your video entry to ICE Inspire here.

For more details, terms and conditions of entry, judging criteria and useful resources, check out the links below.

  • Sponsorship

The sponsor of this year's Inspire competition is Costain. We are very grateful for their ongoing support.


Terms and Conditions of entry

Submissions must comply with the following criteria.

  1. ICE Inspire is a Competition for school students in the North East of England to promote interest in Civil Engineering.
  2. Online or webpage refers to the Inspire webpage which can be found at
  3. Please contact [email protected] with any queries.
  4. Schools refers to Secondary Schools, Academies, Middle Schools, Special Educational Needs Schools and Independent Schools. The competition is free to enter.
  5. Teams must consist of between 4 – 6 students.
  6. Students must be from Year 7.
  7. Schools may enter multiple teams.
  8. A registration form must be completed and submitted via this link - Download and submit the registration form - before the deadline of 17.00 on 31 March 2021. Registration forms must be completed in full. Registration can be made at any time up until this date.
  9. All teams registering will be sent a resource pack via email containing information about the competition and civil engineering.
  10. Submission of the video entry must be made via this link - Submit your video entry to ICE Inspire here. by the deadline of 17.00 on 30 June 2021.
  11. Submissions must be received by the Institution of Civil Engineers North East by 17.00 on 30 June 2021. Entries submitted after the closing date may not be eligible.
    • The submission must be a video answering the question "How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?”. It must be informative and attractive and points will be given for originality and creativity. Choose one of the topics listed to form the theme of the video.
    • There are no criteria which specify the type or style of video.
    • Jotform (where videos are to be uploaded) accepts the following extensions only: pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, csv, txt, rtf, html, zip, mp3, wma, mpg, flv, avi, jpg, jpeg, png, gif)
    • Videos must be a maximum of two (2) minutes in length. Entries over this length may be declared void.
  12. Entries that contain unlicensed or copyrighted material will be declared void. Any photographs etc. must have the copyright owner's permission.
  13. All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The decisions of the judges will be final.
  14. No cash alternatives will be offered in place of vouchers for winning entries.
  15. Schools will be required to ensure that entering teams have parental permission for inclusion in photography and subsequent promotion and publicity of winning entries. Institution of Civil Engineers North East must be made aware of any students who do not wish to have their photographs taken.
  16. Teams must be based in the North East of England. Schools in the following Local Education Authorities areas are invited to participate:






North Tyneside



Redcar and Cleveland

South Tyneside



  1. Prizes are as follows:
    • 1st Prize: £150 to school
    • 2nd Prize: £75 to school

ICE Inspire Judging Criteria

  1. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Entry for further details.
  2. Any teams not adhering to the terms and conditions may be disqualified.
  3. Entries will be judged in accordance with the criteria in the table below by a judging panel formed from local industry representatives and ICE staff.
  4. Each criterion will be marked out of 10 and a total score awarded.
  5. The percentage in brackets indicates the weighting of the category towards the final score.
  6. The panel of judges will make the final decision.


Criteria Description
1. Research and background (40%) Quality and amount of research and background information included and displayed.

Judges will be looking for understanding of the various branches of Civil Engineering and the impact civil engineering has on everyday life and the influence civil engineering can have on our environment.

The best submissions will display a thorough understanding of what civil engineering is.
2. Originality and Creativity (25%) Original and creative ideas to produce an attractive and interesting submission.

Higher marks awarded for original ideas which answer the challenge.
3. Communication and quality of information (25%) Clarity of message and accuracy of content. Submission must be specific to civil engineering and clearly communicate what civil engineering is.

Higher marks awarded for clear communication of the key message of the video.

Accuracy and quality of the information presented with minimal mistakes in grammar or spelling and smoothness of the video.
4. Evidence of great teamwork (10%) All engineers need to work as a team - we want to see that the engineers of tomorrow are off to a good start!