Yorkshire & Humber - awards

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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!

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Civil Engineering Awards

Annual Awards

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

Find out more about our annual awards

Recognising individual achievement

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

Ambassador Awards

Ambassador Awards

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

  • The New Ambassador Award - for a new member of the scheme who has made an impact in their first year
  • Special Recognition Award - for a member who has played an important role in the ambassador 'team'
  • Company Award (Cable Cup) - for a company which has inspired students, supported graduates during their training, and represented civil engineering on a professional scale

For the individual awards, the Regional Education Team nominates ambassadors who have shown extra enthusiasm and ability at events and careers fairs. This could be in encouraging students to take part in activities or promoting the profession of civil engineering.

The Company Award (Cable Cup) is given to organisations that have not only provided ambassadors for events, but have promoted engineering in education in other ways. This doesn't have to involve ICE - it could be something that's been organised internally, such as a site visit or poster competition for schools. The important thing is how the company involved young people and helped them understand civil engineering.

To nominate your company you need to single out members of staff who have made an important contribution to educational events. Entry for Company Award nominations will open in autumn 2016.

The awards are presented at the annual Gala Dinner.

Previous winner

New Ambassador Award

L-R: Sir John Armitt, David O'Mahony, Matthew Stott
L-R: Sir John Armitt, David O'Mahony, Matthew Stott

David O'Mahony
Civils Design Engineer, Network Rail

David works on a variety of schemes ranging from OLE structure assessment, carbon footprinting of bridges, diversity impact assessments for renewal schemes to major projects like East West Rail to Crossrail 2. He said "The rail engineering sector will be responsible for some of the UK's largest and most vital infrastructure projects in the coming years resulting in a demand for engineering skills. It is important for us ICE members to promote STEM subjects to inspire the next generation of engineers."

Special Recognition Award

Matthew Stott
Geotechnical Engineer, Atkins

Matthew is a Geotechnical Engineer with Atkins in London, having recently left Leeds, and has been trying to make sense of the ground since graduating with a civil engineering degree in 2014. He enjoys working in an industry where he can help to overcome the mounting challenges society faces using both centuries of experience and the latest technology. He has been an active STEM ambassador since 2011 and passionately believes in inspiring young people and students from a diverse range of backgrounds to be the next generation of civil engineers.

Company Award (Cable Cup)

Company Award winners Network Rail
Company Award winners Network Rail

Winner: Network Rail

Highly Commended: A-One+


Communications Competition

Communications Competition

The Communications Competition is a team contest open to graduate and student members of ICE and is an opportunity for you to test your communication skills in front of an audience.

The competition has three rounds - regional heats, semi-finals and a national final. Full details of the competition rules, requirements and scenarios can be found on the Communications Competition webpage.


The winning team at the Yorkshire and Humber regional round will receive £250.

Previous winner

Graduate team from Mott MacDonald
Graduate team from Mott MacDonald

The Yorkshire and Humber 2016 competition was won by a team of graduates from Mott MacDonald: Ali Courtney, Claire Deakin, Michael McAree, Colin Morrison and Sandeep Patel.

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award, formerly 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) record.

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

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 Sheffield.


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

Previous winner

Penny receives her certificate from Sir John Armitt
Penny receives her certificate from Sir John Armitt

Penny Gilg from Network Rail for her paper "Leeds Station Southern Entrance - detailed design and build".

Second place:
Nicola Talbot, from Mott MacDonald in Leeds, for her paper "Structural Health Monitoring on the Humber Bridge Bearing Replacement Project"

Third place:
Hien Van Nguyen, from the University of Sheffield, for his paper "Performance of Pre-Damaged RC Beams Strengthened in Flexure with FRP near Surface Mounted Reinforcement"

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 five 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 three professional engineers will judge the competition.

Cash prizes are on offer and entry into the competition will also count towards CPD training days.

The winner will also be encouraged to use their presentation to produce a technical paper for entry into the British Geotechnical Association National Cooling Prize Competition and, if appropriate, the Engineering Group of the Geological Society Glossop Award.

Entrants must submit a short synopsis of their presentation, the judges will then invite select finalists to present their full paper. Entry will open in autumn 2016.

Previous winner

Hubert Pompecki, Geotechnical Engineer at Atkins
Hubert Pompecki, Geotechnical Engineer at Atkins

Hubert Pompecki, a Geotechnical Engineer at Atkins in Leeds, was awarded first prize of £100 for his presentation at the competition final held in York.

This is civil engineering photography competition

This is civil engineering photography competition

ICE Yorkshire and Humber’s ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Photo Competition is open to ICE members and non-members alike. It aims to raise the profile of the profession and help the public understand what civil engineering involves and the positive impact it has on society. Explore our 'What is civil engineering' section and the 'This is Civil Engineering' campaign for inspiration.

The prizes are:

  • 1st prize £120
  • 2nd prize £80
  • 3rd prize £50

How do I enter?

  1. Submit up to two photographs on the theme of “civil engineering - shaping society and our world”. (Note: the judges are looking for images that show the positive impact of civil engineering on society, and not just photos of well-known structures).
  2. The pictures must have been taken within the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region and must have been taken within 12 months of the closing date.
  3. Submissions should include a short caption (up to 100 words) describing where the photo was taken and how the subject of the photo impacts on shaping society and our world.
  4. Please send your photograph(s) and caption to us at iceyandh@ice.org.uk Entries must be received no later than 17.00 on Monday 19 October 2015, and must include your full name and contact details.


  1. Winning photos will be decided by an impartial judging panel, who will view and vote without consultation.
  2. Judging will be based on the following criteria:
    • Visual impact/presentation quality of the photo
    • Originality of subject
    • Relevance to the theme.
  3. Successful entries may be exhibited in regional ICE publications.

Conditions of entry

  1. Photos should be submitted by an individual, and each person may submit up to two photos. Entry is not restricted to ICE members.
  2. Photos may be enhanced to make them brighter, clearer etc., but the content must not be manipulated.
  3. The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe has been excessively treated altering its authenticity.
  4. All entries must be your own work and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  5. You must own the copyright and will retain copyright, however in entering the competition you are agreeing to ICE retaining your images and using them for future promotional and illustrative purposes. If they are used a credit attributing the image to you will be included. No fees will be payable if images are used in this way.
  6. ICE reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.


Download a competition flyer

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