Graduate awards and competitions

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Make the most of your ICE graduate membership by applying for awards and competitions. They're a great way of adding to your CPD and helping you to make your mark.

Our awards fund opportunities like travelling abroad and learning a foreign language, which will help you develop and progress in your career. You can also enter an ICE competition to practice your public speaking, writing or teamwork skills and be recognised for your abilities.

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Use the tabs below to find out more about the awards and competitions that members are eligible for.

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 be 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 the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

Competition heats take place across ICE’s regions and the winning papers are short-listed by the international judging panel. Three top finalists are then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Graduate members 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.

How to enter

Contact your Regional Support Team to find out about submission dates and prizes for your regional finals.

You can find full competition guidelines on the entry form which you’ll also need to complete and send in with your entry.

What if my ICE region does not run a competition?

If your region doesn’t run a competition, why not set one up? You can find out everything you’ll need to know from our Emerging Engineers Award regional guidance document:

Download the guidance document

To find out more about the Emerging Engineers Award please contact awards@ice.org.uk

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Emerging Engineers Award, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

e: awards@ice.org.uk
t: 44 (0)7825 602690

Meet a former winner

Samuel Donaldson, 2014 Emerging Engineers winner
Samuel Donaldson, 2014 winner, is congratulated by ICE president David Balmforth

Queen’s University graduate Samuel Donaldson won last year's award with his paper, Bangor Drainage Area Plan Implementation. It detailed his research as designer and manager on a project to construct nine large pumping stations in environmentally sensitive urban areas of Bangor, Co. Down.

Samuel’s work for employer AECOM has also provided development opportunities for staff through a two-year training programme.

Graduate and Student Communications Competition

This team competition promotes the importance of effective communication among ICE's younger members. Competitors need to use all their engineering and inter-personal skills to win over the judges and audience with a public presentation. This is based on an imaginary civil engineering project which will affect a local community.

Teams are made up of three to five student or graduate ICE members with no more than seven years industry experience each (10 years for student technician members). There are conditions of entry which will explain who is eligible to enter this competition.

Competition format and key dates

The competition has three rounds – regional heats, semi-finals in various locations in the UK and a national final held at ICE's headquarters.

Each team will need to create a professional presentation about their civil engineering scheme and produce promotional leaflets for the project. The audience play the role of local residents in the competition rounds, and as the engineers proposing the scheme, you must tell them about the benefits and persuade them to support it. Find out what teams are expected to produce for each round of the competition.

Dates of the regional heats are:

  • 15 February 2017 at Teesside University, Middlesbrough
  • 21 February 2017 in University of South Wales
  • 22 February 2017 in Bradford
  • 20 March 2017 in Belfast
  • 3 April 2017 in London
  • 26 April 2017 in Cambridge

Winners from the regional heats will be notified by email of where and when the semi-finals will be held. The winners of the semi-finals will then compete at the final which will be held on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at ICE's headquarters in London.

Prizes

  • Regional round – winning teams get a £250 prize
  • Semi-final – no prize is awarded
  • Final – three prizes to be won
    • First prize of £500
    • Second prize of £300
    • Third prize of £200

How to enter

If you're interested in participating in this competition, please contact your Regional Support Team to find out about submission dates for your regional heats.

Supporting documents

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the Communications Competition, then please let us know.

e: joyce.chia@ice.org.uk

Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

QUEST Continuing Education Award

If you're an ICE member working in the civil engineering industry, and would like get new qualifications to help your professional development, then this award could provide you with financial support of up to £1,500.

The aim of the award is to support members who are returning to study management or technical subjects. It’s not designed to fund courses that will be used as Further Learning in the ICE membership process.

To apply for this award:

  • You must be an ICE graduate or professionally qualified member 
  • You must have been a member for a minimum of two years
  • You must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in the civil engineering industry
  • Your course must not be an ICE-accredited further learning programme. Find out if your course is accredited
  • You must not have already received more than three ICE QUEST scholarships or awards
  • Your application will only be accepted before the start of your course. Student member or PhD students aren't able to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications for this award are closed and will reopen in June 2017.

How are winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and those judged to be strongest receive up to £1,500.

Your application will be assessed on the following:

  • The quality of your application
  • How much the course will benefit you and your professional development
  • The academic merit of the course
  • How the course will benefit your employer and ICE
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The duration of the course

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Continuing Education Award, then please let us know.

e: quest.awards@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193

Meet a former recipient

James Latham received an award to help fund his MSc.

" I won the award to help fund an MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management. I applied for the course because I wanted to get a deeper understanding of the interactions between the engineered and natural water environment. I also thought it would be good for developing my research skills, as practice for dealing with complex engineering problems in the future.

Learning doesn’t stop once you’ve finished university – attending professional development activities can really help to make us more efficient and effective engineers.

My confidence is greater now and I’ll be doing more presentations and writing in the future."

QUEST Foreign Language Award

ICE graduate members who would like to work overseas, or learn a language to help them in their current workplace, could get up to £500 to help them learn a foreign language.

To be considered for the award you need to tell us how the course will help your professional development and benefit you in the future. The aim of this award is to help engineers who are at the start of their career.

To apply for this award you must:

  • Be an ICE graduate member and have been a member for a minimum of two years up to making the application (time as a student member counts)
  • Be a British citizen and a UK resident
  • Have less than seven years’ experience of working in the civil engineering industry
  • Not have already received this award or three other ICE QUEST scholarships or awards

How do I apply?

The application period for this award runs from 19 September 2016 to 20 January 2017.

To apply, fill in the application form and send to quest.awards@ice.org.uk by 20 January 2017.

How is the winner chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest one receives up to £500.

Entries are judged against the following:

  • The quality of your application
  • The quality of the course provider
  • How much the course will benefit you and your professional development
  • The future relevance of the course to you
  • The amount of financial support required
  • The duration of the course and mode of study

If you win the award, you will need to submit a report of around 1,000 words on completion of your course.

Got a question?

If you've got a question or want more information about the QUEST Foreign Language Award, then please let us know.

e: quest.awarsd@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0) 207 665 2193

QUEST Travel Award

If you’re thinking about getting some professional experience overseas - by helping out on a local engineering project, for example - you might be able to win a QUEST Travel Award.

To stand a chance of winning money, you need to tell us about the activity you’d be taking part in and how the experience will benefit you and others. The selection process is competitive, so your entry must really stand out!

Individuals are awarded a maximum of £1,500 and groups up to £6,000.

Previous winners have worked on projects in developing countries, studied and researched local practice, and attended international conferences.

To apply for this award, you must:

Only members who meet the criteria can be included on a group application.

How do I apply?

The award is given out twice a year. Applications for travel between May 2017 to December2017 will open in January 2017.

How are winners chosen?

Applications are assessed by the QUEST Committee and the strongest will receive a financial award of up to £1,500 for individuals and up to £6,000 for groups.

Your entry will be assessed on the following:

If you're selected for an award, you’ll need to send us a report of around 1,000 words on your experiences, within a month of returning from your trip.

Meet a former winner

Jamie Bradley received a QUEST Travel Award to fund his trip to Tanzania
Jamie Bradley received a QUEST Travel Award to fund his trip to Tanzania

Jamie Bradley, Tunnel Design Engineer, was supported by UnPS and his ICE QUEST Travel Award to visit Tanzania for 8 weeks to manage the final stage of constructing an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre for Raleigh International, a charity helping to deliver infrastructure in poor countries.

Jamie and the teams efforts provided a safe environment for boys and girls to learn and develop. There is now clean running water and a proper toilet block for the children to utilise. The children learn literacy and numeracy, eat a big helping of porridge before going out to water the orange, papaya and mango trees they planted in the school grounds with Jamie and his team.

"I was grateful to receive a Quest Travel Award…..the award made attending the project much more feasible."

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