North West - education

Bridges over a canal

If you're interested in finding out more about civil engineering, or thinking about a career in civil engineering, we can help.

ICE North West provides resources and support for teachers and volunteer members who would like to promote civil engineering. It offers a range of targeted, hands-on activities which help bring civil engineering to life.

ICE North West also supports the wider work of the Institution by getting involved in national campaigns and activities such as the Big Bang and Tomorrow's Engineers.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

We carry out a range of activities across the North West in an effort to promote careers in civil engineering and inspire young people. Find out more about what we've been up to recently.

Bridges to Schools

Fancy building your own 13 metre cable-stayed bridge and learning about civil engineering whilst you're at it?

ICE North West's giant Bridge to Schools kit is housed at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Runcorn, next to where the Mersey Gateway cable-stayed bridge is currently being built.

Bridge to Schools gives young people the chance to build, walk across and deconstruct our 13m cable-stayed bridge and learn about civil engineering as they go. It's suitable for young people aged eight upwards and takes around two hours to complete.

If you'd like to find out more about booking Bridge to Schools at Catalyst or taking the kit to a local school, please contact Lauren Moczulski via [email protected].

children take part in Bridges to Schools
Schools children take part in creating their very own suspension bridge

Tetrahedrons construction kits

ICE North West's giant tetrahedron kits are fun to make and great for helping children aged between seven and 16 understand what civil engineering's all about.

The kits are a practical, hands-on way of introducing young people to the link between maths, science and the world around them.

By constructing four-sided triangular pyramids from dowel bars and elastic bands, which are then joined together to make a bigger pyramid, children can learn about the engineering that goes into building a structure.

Working together and building a 4m high tetrahedron is pretty impressive and gets some great results!

Building a 4m high tetrahedron
Building a 4m high tetrahedron

ICE North West works with young people of all ages, provides career information at fairs including the Big Bang, and helps girls get involved in Women in Engineering Day.

Joanna Anderson, an ICE North West volunteer, describes the important role they play in getting young people interested in civil engineering:

" I didn't know what civil engineering was until I spoke to someone at an open day, just before I started university. This really enthusiastic lady inspired me so much, that I decided to find out more and eventually became a civil engineer myself. I love being a civil engineer and I want to inspire young people to get involved, in the same way as that lady inspired me."

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

Bolton's Meccano bridge

It's a given that civil engineers like to build things, and many start out at a very young age with blocks and bricks.

But in Bolton, a real life Meccano bridge was built by civil engineers when an existing footbridge had to be replaced.

Following a design by artist, Liam Curtin, a giant Meccano set was made. All the parts, including the nuts and bolts, were scaled up ten times, making them ten times longer, ten times thicker and a thousand times heavier.

Local volunteers were then trained to help put the parts together and the materials were coated in steel to keep it strong.

Engineers replace a foot bridge with a real life meccano
Engineers replace a foot bridge with a real life meccano bridge

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the North West that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Please see the list below for accredited centres offering engineering degree courses in the region.


  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Salford
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • The University of Liverpool
  • University of Bolton

Already studying?

If you're already studying a civil engineering course, then you could be eligible for our FREE student membership.

Becoming a member of ICE offers you a wealth of benefits, from access to free resources like our Ask Brunel service (get an answer to any civil engineering question!), to a free subscription to New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine.

Join ICE today

Find out more and become a student member for FREE

Careers in civil engineering

If you're thinking about your career options, we're here to help. Our careers section contains a wealth of information on what you need to do to become a civil engineer. You can find out more about the qualifications you'll need, how your career could advance and how we can help you to become a professionally qualified civil engineer

Explore our Careers and professional development section

Looking to develop yourself further?

We provide a range of Professional Development courses to help you develop further.