North West - awards

Bridges over a canal

Promoting the success of civil engineers and projects in the North West 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!

ICE North West runs awards and competitions which celebrate achievements and develop the skills of graduate engineers in the region. Find out more about them and how you can get involved.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

North West Civil Engineering Awards

ICE North West Civil Engineering Award

Our ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards recognise excellence and imaginative concepts in civil engineering practice across the region. There are award categories for Small, Medium, Large and Community projects. They span all sizes and structures and celebrate projects that have a clear benefit to society.

Find out more about the awards

Recognising individual achievement

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

Volunteer of the Year award

Volunteer of the Year award

The ICE North West Volunteer of the Year award is given to someone who has shown outstanding commitment to civil engineering by giving their time, in various ways, to represent ICE and the profession.

Volunteers must be ICE members and can only be nominated by an ICE member (colleague, mentee, employer, educator etc.).

Previous winner

Chris Thomas - 2016 winner.
Chris Thomas - 2016 winner.

Chris Thomas is ICE North West's Volunteer of the Year, 2016.

Chris has been promoting the profession and the Institution for many years. As part of his work in inspiring and supporting younger engineers, Chris is currently responsible for six graduates. He is also mentoring three more colleagues approaching membership.

Chris constantly dedicates time to STEM events and he has the reputation for making the necessary time and resources available to support Graduates and Mentees.

Mentor of the Year award

Mentor of the Year award

The ICE North West Mentor of the Year award goes to someone who has shown outstanding commitment in supporting and mentoring ICE members as they work towards their professional qualification.

Mentors must be ICE members and can only be nominated by an ICE member (colleague, mentee, employer, educator etc.).

Previous winner

Steve Dempsey
Steve Dempsey, 2016 winner

Steve Dempsey, Mentor of the Year Award 2016, has a long history of mentoring colleagues and supporting academia in the North West region.

He's mentored dozens of final year undergraduates at Liverpool John Moores University and sponsored more than 30 candidates for professional review. Since gaining his fellowship, Steve has also encouraged others to follow in his footsteps. We are grateful for his vast amount of time, energy and enthusiasm.

Construction Challenge

Construction Challenge

The ICE North West Graduates and Students Group runs the region's annual Construction Challenge, currently hosted in Manchester and Liverpool. The competition allows students to work together, share ideas and win prizes.

Teams have to build a structure while dealing with a number of restrictions, such as shifting timescales, to reflect the reality of competitively tendered design and construction processes.

The Construction Challenge usually takes place around autumn time, so look out for details about how to enter your team nearer the time.

Previous winner

Liverpool team win with their sleek suspension brigde
Liverpool team win with their sleek suspension brigde

The ICE North West Graduates and Students Group Construction Challenge 2014 paid tribute to the Mersey Gateway project.

The winning Liverpool team built a sleek suspension bridge, similar in design to the proposed Mersey Gateway Bridge. Manchester's winning team also used a suspension bridge to support the required load.

 

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award, which used to be known as the Papers Competition, is an opportunity to develop key writing, presentation and debating skills. It's also a great way to boost your continuing professional development (CPD) records.

Entrants submit a summary of their chosen paper. Finalists are then chosen to present their paper in front of a live audience. The winning North West entrant will receive a prize and also the chance to be put forward to the national finals.

The North West round usually takes place around February time so look out for details about how to enter your team nearer the time.

Previous winner

The Emerging Engineers North West 2015 winner was Annelie Baines. She produced a paper on the methods of improving the seismic resistance of small non-engineered structures.

The Diversity Prize winner was Liz Smith with a paper setting out the case of positive action to improve diversity in the construction industry.

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

Law and Contracts Student

Law and Contracts Student

For the second year running, we recognised the achievement of individuals in our Law and Contract Management Course, run in partnership with leading law firm Hill Dickinson, Bowdon Consulting and other independent contractual specialists.

The course is aimed at preparing civil engineers and construction professionals to sit the Institution's Law and Contract Management Examinations – the first stage towards becoming qualified as an adjudicator or arbitrator.

Previous winner

Aoife Nugent, 2015 winner
Aoife Nugent, 2015 winner

Aoife Nugent, the winner of the 2015 award.

Aoife achieved a distinction in the Law Paper – one of only four awarded.

 

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