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Promoting the success of civil engineers and projects in Yorkshire and Humber is important. It helps to raise the profile of civil engineers and the profession across the region. So, tell us who or what has made you proud!

Watch the highlights of the past year in our new video!

Y&H highlights video

The ICE Yorkshire and Humber’s 2018-19 highlights video is now available to watch!

This video, introduced by Mark Calvert, Regional Chair 2018-19, presents the achievements of the Yorkshire and Humber region over the last 12 months.

Watch the highlights video

Recognising individual achievement

Showcasing the efforts of our members is important and helps recognise their individual expertise and contribution to the profession.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Do you have a natural curiosity for how things work? Want to know more about how engineering shapes our daily lives? Or perhaps you just like to learn something new in a casual and engaging setting? Then Pitch 200 is for you.

Pitch 200 brings together civil engineers from across the UK to showcase their work and what they love about civil engineering in a series of free, fun and informative presentations highlighting the variety of roles the civil engineer plays in modern society.

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 60 second video summary 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. You will then be shortlisted and invited to a regional finals day in Hull.

Shortlisted entries from the Yorkshire and Humber region will showcase their talent and creativity in a 200 second presentation in a Hull finals evening, and be judged by a panel of expert judges. The winner of the regional final will become the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Ambassador for 2021 and represent the region at the Grand Final in Bristol.

Interested in entering the competition? Please complete the entry form and return by 04/04/2020 to [email protected]

The regional Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who study, live or work in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Key dates:
  • Deadline for entries – 04/04/2020
  • Regional Final (Hull) – 27/05/2020

For further information please contact: [email protected]

Organised by the ICE Graduates & Students Yorkshire and Humber Committee.

Regional Education Awards

Regional Education Awards

The Regional Education Team presents three awards to individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the ICE ambassador scheme and helped raise the profile of civil engineering among young people.

  • STEM Ambassador Award (see below)
    A member of the ICE ambassador scheme who has made an impact
  • Special Recognition Award
    A member who has played an important role in the ambassador 'team'
  • Company Award
    Presented to an employer that has been the most effective during the previous school year in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Download the entry pack for the Company Award here

Previous winners

STEM Ambassador Award

andy magee

L-R: BBC TV presenter Marty Jopson, President Paul Sheffield, Andy Magee and ICE Yorkshire and Humber Chair Anneke Kellond-Hallsworth.

Winner: Andy Magee

Special Recognition Award

matthew brayfield

L-R: BBC TV presenter Marty Jopson, President Paul Sheffield, Matthew Brayfield and ICE Yorkshire and Humber Chair Anneke Kellond-Hallsworth.

Winner: Matthew Brayfield

Company Award

Company Award

L-R: BBC TV presenter Marty Jopson, President Paul Sheffield, Chris Dixon from Jacobs, and ICE Yorkshire and Humber Chair Anneke Kellond-Hallsworth.

Winner: Jacobs

Also shortlisted: AECOM and Stantec

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

This annual competition, promotes and rewards excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The Yorkshire & Humber 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 in London (date tbc), where another cash prize and an Institution Medal can be won.

Application details

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020.

Papers can be of any length up to 4,000 words.

Applicants are invited to deliver a short presentation to a panel of judges and audience at the regional heat. They will be judged on their subject, argument, style and presentation skill.

Papers can be submitted to [email protected]

Find out more and apply

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

Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition

Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition

The Yorkshire Geotechnical Group Presentation Competition is open to young geotechnical engineers (aged 30 or under by the end of the year of entry).

The aim of the competition is to encourage young engineers to prepare and give a technical presentation. It may be on any topic dealing with engineering behaviour of the ground, and can be based on a construction/design project or research.

The presentation doesn't have to focus on work that's completely your own, but you would need to point what part you played in the project or research.

Up to six finalists are chosen to give a 10-minute presentation, which should emphasise the geotechnical aspects of the work. There will be approximately five minutes allowed after each presentation for questions from the floor. A panel of professional engineers will judge the competition.

There are also cash prizes (kindly donated by the evening sponsors) available for competition winners. All entrants will be encouraged to produce a poster to exhibit on the evening of the final and a cash prize will be awarded to the best poster chosen by the judges.

How to enter

Submit your 100-200 word synopsis to John Judge by 18 November 2019 from which the finalists will be selected. The Yorkshire Geotechnical Group (YGG) request all business leaders to encourage younger colleagues to take part in this event.

If you'd like to find out more or to submit your synposis, please contact John Judge at: [email protected].

Previous winner

Paul Shepley, University of Sheffield
Paul Shepley, University of Sheffield

Paul's winning presentation was titled: 'Pile jetting: Novel understanding through physical modelling'.

STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

stem activities

This 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.

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: At least three STEM engagement activities in the last year
    •  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 member
  2. Are registered as a STEM Learning Ambassador
  3. Have carried out at least three activities in the last year as an ICE STEM Ambassador

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

Nominations are requested on the nomination form. Please send in completed forms to [email protected].

Deadline to send in nominations is 31 January 2020. Winners of the regional award will go forward to the national final.

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