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.

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.

  • New Ambassador Award*
    A new member of the ICE ambassador scheme who has made an impact in their first year
  • 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.

*Nominations for the two individual awards are made by the Regional Education Team.

How to enter the Company Award in 2017

Company Award nominations should be presented on the entry form and must be no more than two sides of A4, although supporting information will be accepted. Send your nomination to educationYH@ice.org.uk by Friday 17 February 2017.

The awards will be presented by ICE President Professor Tim Broyd at the Yorkshire and Humber Gala Dinner on Friday 3 March 2017 at the National Railway Museum in York.

Download a 2017 entry form and flyer.

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 next regional competition: 22 February 2017

Key dates:

Submission of your entry form, public information leaflet and consultation strategy: 10 February 2017

Submissions are then shortlisted.

Presentations at the regional final: 22 February 2017

For further information download a flyer or contact ICE Yorkshire and Humber Graduates and Students' Committee at: icegsyh@gmail.com.


£250 for the winning team.

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.

The next regional competition: 15 March 2017.

Key dates:

Submission of entry form and synopsis: 3 February 2017

Synopses shortlisted.

Submission of full papers: 24 February 2017

Regional final: 15 March 2017

For further information download a flyer or contact ICE Yorkshire and Humber Graduates and Students' Committee at: icegsyh@gmail.com.


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 Arup 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.

To enter you need to submit a short synopsis of your proposed presentation. Entry will open in autumn 2017.

If you'd like to find out more, please contact John Judge at: john.judge@longssteel.com.

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'.

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