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Queensferry Crossing

ICE Scotland celebrates excellence and innovation in civil engineering and its contribution to society through project and individual awards.

2020/21 Scottish Civil Engineering Awards

Saltire Infrastructure Awards 2018

We are now seeking entries for the 2020/21 Scottish Civil Engineering Awards, celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation and ingenuity in Scotland.

Jointly managed by ICE Scotland and CECA Scotland, the awards are widely recognised as the highest honour for engineering excellence in the built environment, showcasing the success of Scottish civil engineering.

Find out more about the annual awards.

Recognising individual achievement

ICE Scotland organises and supports awards which showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Lauryn Steel, a Principal Technician with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has made it through to the final of this international competition, which challenges contestants to explain an aspect of civil engineering in a 200 second video.

Lauryn produced a film detailing different types of bridges built across Scotland, including Devorgilla Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing and the Forth Rail Bridge.

Now Lauryn is up against seven other civil engineers or students from around the world to see who will get the highest numbers of votes and claim the top prize.

Vote now!

Pitch 200 2021

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

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The competition is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice. Papers have to be expertly presented and discussed, as well as being innovative and well written.

It's an excellent chance to practice your writing and presentation skills – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It'll also raise your profile, help promote your university or employer, and give you the opportunity to have your paper published. Competitors can also win money - £250 in most regions - and there's another cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

The pan-Scottish competition heat will take place and the winning paper is put in for consideration for the wider international final. Three top finalists are selected and then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Graduate members (GMICE) can adapt papers from professional development or Professional Review reports.

Student members can adapt a university project or thesis which should preferably be based on your own work.

Find out more about Scotland's award

Previous winner

Leonardo Gonzalez
Leonardo Gonzalez accepts his award.

Leonardo Gonzalez from Napier University for his paper, Enhancing Concrete by Adding Crumb Rubber.

Find out more

Samuel Donaldson winner of the 2014 Emerging Engineers Award
Samuel Donaldson meets ICE President David Balmforth

Competition heats for the Emerging Engineers Award take place across the UK. Winning papers are short-listed by the international judging panel. Three top finalists are then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Find our more and meet our last year's overall winner


The branches that make up ICE Scotland also run competitions throughout the year.

Aberdeen Branch photo competition

Aberdeen Branch photo competition

This competition is run by the Graduates and Students in Aberdeen. Members are invited to submit images that show 'civil engineering in action'. Details of the 2015 competition will be advertised in the E-news and online.

Previous winner

The 2014 competition was won by Armin Kakavand of Amec for his photo of work taking place on Amec's project to build a long term compression module for use in the North Sea gas industry.

Amec's long term compression unit stores gas

Edinburgh Branch photo competition

Edinburgh Branch photo competition

This competition is run by the Graduates and Students in Edinburgh. You are invited to enter a photograph on the theme "Engineering in Essence". This could include anything from innovation to sustainability, social impact and undervalued infrastructure to one of those awe inspiring structures civil engineers build.


Entrants should be a graduate or student member of the ICE and based around the Edinburgh, Lothians or Border region. A max. of three entries per candidate will be accepted. The entry should be submitted in a landscape .jpeg format via email to the contact address below and include your details, ICE membership number and a brief description of the entry describing what it means to you.

The winner will be awarded two tickets for a Forth Cruise trip around the bridges with the excellent opportunity of photographing the new Queensferry Crossing bridge at this exciting stage of its construction. The winning photo will also brand the Facebook page for the ICE Edinburgh Area Graduate & Student Branch.

Entries should be sent to [email protected] and the competition close on 14 October 2016.

Previous winner

2015's winning photo from Eduardas Visockas

Winning photo 2015

Brief Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be graduate or student members of ICE and reside within the Edinburgh or Border region; There is a maximum of 3 entries per person; Entries are preferred in a landscape orientation to allow use as a social media cover image.

Deadline for entries - Friday 14 October 2016 at 6pm.

Read the full terms and conditions

Glasgow Branch photo competition

Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch photo competition

A new competition with new rules…

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Photo Competition has changed. The submission process has been simplified and judging will now be by ICE members in an on-line vote.

#construction - Construction and site works

#engineering - Completed engineering projects

#selfie - ICE members at work (not just on-site in PPE)

Save the competition email address into your phone, so that you can submit your photos with only a few clicks.

Use the #hashtags above to identify the entry category. Competition entries will be available for ICE members to view during the duration of the competition. Winner of each category will be awarded £150 of photography equipment.

Competition email address: [email protected]

Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 16th September 2016

Download the flyer for this competition

Last Year’s winner

Pulpit rock road
Last year’s winning picture by Alan Frew of the completed A82 road works at Pulpit Rock, Loch Lomond.

Brief Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must feature or have a link to civil engineering projects in Scotland (preferably recent projects).
  • Images must be submitted in jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 3 Megapixels.
  • Prize for the top image in each category will be £100 of photography equipment vouchers.

Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 16th September 2016

Read the full terms and conditions


Is the cost of a student loan preventing you from studying civil engineering? See how a scholarship from ICE Scotland could help.

Into Civil Engineering Scholarship

Funding for young people in further and higher education in Scotland

Would you like financial support to study civil engineering?

Why not apply for an ICE Scotland grant?

  • Applications are invited from young people applying for a college or university course in civil engineering commencing September/October 2021
  • Up to six awards of £4,500 per year are given to young people aged 21 and under, living and studying in Scotland
  • Each successful candidate will receive £4,500 per year for a maximum period of four years
  • Awards will be given in two equal £2,250 instalments in August and December

The civil engineering qualification studied must be an ICE accredited course – for example: NC, HNC, HND, BSc, BEng, or MEng. Find out more:

Recipients of the award will be expected to commit to a future professional engineering qualification such as EngTech MICE, IEng MICE or CEng MICE.

ICE administer both the Scottish Into Civil Engineering awards as well as the UK-wide QUEST Undergraduate and Technician Scholarships. ICE will only pay one award to any individual student so although you may apply for both, you will have to select the one which you prefer to receive on offer.

Application Deadline

The closing date for entry in 2021 is Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Selection timetable

During April 2021 a shortlist will be prepared listing those candidates to be interviewed. At that time a reference will be sought from a referee not related to you. Interviews for the award will take place in early June and the successful candidates will be notified of their award no later than 30th June 2021.

All successful candidates will be required to provide written confirmation from the relevant university or college that they have been accepted or enrolled.

Award Conditions

Recipients of an award must complete a short annual report form for each year of study they complete, listing their academic results for that year of study.

The continuation of payments is dependent on satisfactory progress through the course chosen.

On completion of the course, a copy of their academic qualification is to be provided.

Recipients who leave their course before completion must notify ICE Scotland with immediate effect.

Award recipients will be required to become student members of ICE at the start of their course and participate in activities to promote civil engineering and encourage awareness for civil engineering amongst young people.


This initiative has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Gordon Mackay, a retired solicitor, based in Govan, Glasgow.

Mr Mackay has particularly asked ICE to publicise these awards to young people in the outlying and remote areas in Scotland.

How to apply

How to apply

Complete an application form including the name of the college or university course in civil engineering to which you have applied.

Application forms can be downloaded below or by email from [email protected]

Download the application form

STEM Ambassador of the Year

Could you be our STEM Ambassador of the Year?

Entries are now open for the ICE Scotland STEM Ambassador of the Year.

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

Entries are open for individuals who:

  1. Are a current ICE member living or working in Scotland.
  2. Are registered as a STEM Learning Ambassador.
  3. Have carried out at least one activity in the last year as an ICE STEM Ambassador, including digital events.

Nominations can be made by the individual themselves or by another ICE member on behalf of someone they would like to see recognised.

The deadline for entries is 17.00 on Monday 1 March 2021.

Download an application form

For further information, please email: [email protected]

Frances Ratcliffe
The current STEM Ambassador of the Year is Frances Ratcliffe, who leads the Bridges and Structures team at Fife Council.

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