North East - awards

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

ICE North East runs a number of awards and competitions to promote and celebrate civil engineering across the region. They recognise the projects that members work on and examples of outstanding individual achievement.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Robert Stevenson Award winners 2016

Robert Stephenson Awards

ICE North East presents the Robert Stephenson Awards every year as a celebration of civil engineering excellence in the region. The awards ensure projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results are announced at the annual dinner and awards are presented by the ICE president.

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Recognising individual achievement

ICE North East also gives and supports a number of awards that showcase the individual expertise and excellence of members. Find out more about the awards and how you can enter.

Communications competition

Communications competition

The ICE Communications Competition is open to ICE graduate and student members, who have no more than seven years' industry experience.

If you're working towards technician membership you can also enter the competition, provided you have no more than ten years' industry experience.

The competition gives young engineers the opportunity to develop their communications skills. It involves a role-play public consultation based around mock engineering scheme proposals.

You can find out more on the main Communications Competition page.

It is with regret to inform you that we have had to cancel the 2016 Communications Competition due to lack of entries. We will of course run the competition next year and hope to see our young members take the opportunity to participate in the regional heat of this worthwhile competition.

Prize

The winning team at the North East regional round will receive £250.

Entry

Submit your entry documents along with a copy of the North East entry form and send them to sarah.young@capita.co.uk.

Previous winner

2015 winners of the Communications Competition
2015 regional winners of the Communications Competition

2015 North East winners Atkins team: Ben Foster, Curtis Hardy, Andrew Markowycz, Robbie Jones and Ben Hancock

Meet a former winner

ICE London team meet former president Geoff French
2014 winners meet then ICE president Geoff French

A team from Transport for London, representing ICE London, won the 2014 Communications Competition with their presentation on the East End tube extension scheme. Chair of the judging panel, Past President, Geoff French, said: "The TfL team particularly impressed me with their ability to communicate the scheme and its impact in a way that would be understood by the public."

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This annual competition, formerly known as the Papers Competition, promotes and rewards excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The North East 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.

The judges will select from the entries submitted and finalists will be invited to submit their full paper and to present it at the regional final in Newcastle.

Prizes

  • 1st place - £250
  • 2nd place - £150
  • 3rd place - £100

The regional winner may be shortlisted for the national final where a top prize of £1,500 and an Institution Medal can be won.

Find out more and apply

Previous winner

2016 award winner Amy Wright
2016 award winner Amy Wright

2016 winner: Amy Wright, Senior Site Engineer at Farrans

Amy impressed the judges with her paper 'Engineering for social change: the impact of the new wear crossing on Sunderland and benefits during and after construction.'

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

Durham University Student Prize

Durham University Student Prize

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their JBM-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members in consultation with the Head of Civil Engineering at each awarding university.

The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Durham University Graduation Ceremony.

2016 winner

Andrew Hill

Nomination citation: Andrew has demonstrated excellent academic performance throughout his course in MEng in General Engineering (Civil stream), both in design projects and examinations. He is now graduating with an overall mark well into the first-class category. Moreover, Andrew is the top student of the Civil Engineering cohort, based on his mark weighed arithmetic average.

Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill with Regional Chairman Graham Yates (middle) and Professor David Toll (right)

Course: MEng General Engineering (Civil stream)

Newcastle University Student Prize

Newcastle University Student Prize

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their JBM-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members in consultation with the Head of Civil Engineering at each awarding university.

The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Newcastle University Graduation Ceremony.

2016 winner

Louise Westoby

Nomination citation: Louise has been awarded a first class degree. She achieved the highest overall mark in her cohort and the highest marks across her structural engineering specialist modules. The vast majority of her marks in both examinations and coursework have been first class, including many above 80% and some above 90%. She achieved a first class mark (83%) in her Individual Research Project (final year) and in her Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project (penultimate year).

Louise and also took part in our Global Engineering: A Design and Build Challenge module, involving the design and construction of a gravity water system in rural Borneo, again achieving a first class mark. Louise has completed industrial summer placements and has been a Student Representative both within and beyond the School and was recognized for this with a University award. As Degree Programme Director, I strongly support Louise's nomination for this ICE award.

Louise Westoby
Louise Westoby with Regional Chairman Graham Yates.

Course: MEng Civil and Structural Engineering.

Teesside University Student Prize

Teesside University Student Prize

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their JBM-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members in consultation with the Head of Civil Engineering at each awarding university.

The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Teesside University Graduation Ceremony.

2016 winner

Jonny Drane

Programme Leader Barry Walmsley said: 'Jonny's academic performance has been highly creditable throughout his studies at Teesside University. He has shown a consistently strong examination performance in technical subjects, and also submitted typically impressive coursework for 'Structural Design' achieving a mark of 84%. He was a student prizewinner for his placement year performance after his second year of studies. Jonny is highly deserving of the ICE student prize'

Jonny Drane
Jonny Drane with Professor Stephen Cummings the Dean of the School of Science and Engineering (right) and Barry Walmsley (left) the Programme Leader for Undergraduate Civil Engineering

Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.

Northumbria University Student Prize

Northumbria University Student Prize

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Prize is an annual award for undergraduates who have performed the best in the last two years of their JBM-accredited civil engineering degree course.

The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the course leaders or the appropriate staff members in consultation with the Head of Civil Engineering at each awarding university.

The winner receives £250 and can be presented with the award at the Northumbria University Graduation Ceremony.

2016 winner

Tom Winstanley

Nomination citation: For his individual research project, Tom has undertaken an ambitious and innovative investigation into cliff erosion threats affecting a key coastal route in the northeast. He utilised cutting edge photogrammetric techniques, which had only been introduced (and not applied) in lectures. Furthermore, Tom developed the technique for abrasive as well as rockfall erosion with a new microscopic approach.

Undertaking this multi-resolution, three-dimensional survey and change detection approach, in a challenging coastal environment pushed Tom to go beyond the time and effort commonly invested in such projects and to learn new data collection and processing approaches. The project displayed excellent and considered reasoning behind the adopted approach and a clear awareness of the limitations involved and suitable precautions to take to improve and optimise the data. The results are well presented and there are excellent attempts to link the findings with wider literature and to process, analyse and critique the data.

Tom Winstanley
Tom Winstanley (far right) with fellow course graduates Hassah Alhassen, Rhys Ovington, Laura Dawson

Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.

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