Northern Ireland - awards

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ICE Northern Ireland's prestigious awards promote the work of civil engineers and encourage excellence in the profession across the region. The awards recognise projects ICE members are involved with, as well as outstanding individual achievements and knowledge.

2021 Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

ICE NI are now accepting applications for our 2021 Emerging Engineers Award; also known as the Brennan Cup in NI. This competition requires graduate and student members to produce a paper or essay on a topic related to civil engineering. The regional winner is awarded the Brennan Cup and their paper is recommended for entry to the national final of the competition.

Seamus Sands was our 2020 winner - could you be the winner for 2021?

Applications close 22 January 2021.

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Recognising individual achievement

ICE Northern Ireland aims to recognise the achievements of individual members through a number of awards. The Ferguson and Poskitt Medals are awarded annually. The winners of these prestigious medals are chosen by a group of regional committee members.

STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

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

ICE Northern Ireland will be selecting a member from the Region, to be the 2020-2021 ICE NI STEM Ambassador of the Year. The NI winner will receive an award, announced at the President’s Visit on 3 December 2020, and then be put forward for the UK competition, the overall winner of which will be presented with their award in summer 2021.

Nominations must be sent to [email protected] and received by 5pm on Monday 23 November 2020.

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Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is a competition to find the person who can best demonstrate a civil engineering related concept or project in a 200 second pitch to a non- technical audience. To add to the entertainment value of the event, you are welcome to make your entry as weird and wonderful as possible.

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 2020 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a short video summary (approx 20 seconds) 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 in Bristol. 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 20 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. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2020 will be awarded.

The Northern Ireland region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in Northern Ireland.

2020 Pitch 200 Winner

The 2020 winning team
Ruth Kelly NI Pitch 200 winner

Ruth Kelly (Amey Consulting) has won the NI region final of ICE's Pitch 200 contest. Ruth came out on top for her insightful and engaging pitch: The ICEing on the cake. Ruth successfully used her 200 seconds to engage the audience in the world of geotechnics, using the concept of cake to represent ground conditions and to understand the importance of 'what lies beneath'. Good luck to Ruth in the UK finals later this year.

Ferguson Medal

Ferguson Medal

The Ferguson Medal was introduced in 1982 and is named after Robert Ferguson OBE, founder of Ferguson McIlveen. It recognises his contribution to civil engineering and the Institution in Northern Ireland. It is awarded for the best paper, submitted in any year by a regional member.

Ferguson Medal winner 2019

Winners of the 2020 Ferguson Medal
Winners of the 2019 Ferguson Medal

The Ferguson Medal was awarded to Ciara Doherty and Rab Laverty for 'Transforming Lives in Rwanda: Bridges to Prosperity'

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award is also known as the Brennan Cup in NI. This competition requires graduate and student members to produce a paper or essay on a topic related to civil engineering. The regional winner is awarded the Brennan Cup and their paper is recommended for entry to the national final of the competition.

Most recent winner

Seamus Sands

The 2020 NI Final took place on 2 March and Seamus Sands (Arup) was awarded The Brennan Cup by impressing judges with his presentation on 'Incorporating Digital Transformation within the Build Environment'.

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

Poskitt Medal

Poskitt Medal

The Poskitt Medal commemorates Fred Poskitt, a Past Chairman (1972-73) who bequeathed a legacy to ICE. It is awarded for the best paper on design or construction of water resource, or water supply works, submitted in any year by a regional member.

Poskitt Medal winner 2019

The 2020 winning team
The 2019 winning team

David McKillen, David Bell and David Leemon for 'Spillweirs Large and Small: Designing for Reservoir Floods'

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award

The Sustainability Award is awarded biennially to Northern Ireland civil engineering project that demonstrates outstanding environmental sustainability.

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Adrian Long Medal

Adrian Long Medal

This medal celebrates the academic career and research of the Region's esteemed Past Chairman and Past President Adrian Long. Adrian Long donated funds to the Institution to establish a prize in his name for the best paper published in a technical journal.

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