Two Nottingham University undergraduates have been awarded its Golden Jubilee Prize for their significant contribution to the Department of Civil Engineering – over and beyond their degree work.
Hayley Jackson has been a student ambassador assisting at open and UCAS days to encourage prospective students to study at the university. She has been industry representative for the Civil Engineering Society, organising site visits, industry links and sponsorship for society members.
Hayley has also been the industrial representative for the department, attending the Learning Community Forum, Teaching and Learning and Industrial Advisory Board meetings with academic staff and industry professionals. She also organised a civil engineering taster day for Year 12 students, including laboratory tours, demonstrations and design exercises.
She has had three placements with Taylor Woodrow. Of her most recent with London Overground she says: "I enjoyed being onsite looking at the complexity of the project, working within an operational station. I helped solve some of the daily challenges and saw how solutions are developed to keep works on track and see the construction come to life.
"Studying civil engineering gives you an appreciation for how the world around you works and strong problem solving skills so you can make a difference and help improve our built environment."
Grace Pownall has been a civil engineering ambassador, helping out at open days and with promotional campaigns for the engineering faculty, as well as serving on the Learning Community Forum to feed back about academic teaching and experience.
Grace has also been president of the university's Civil Engineering Society committee, organising student socials, sports events, site visits, a trip to ICE's One Great George Street and an annual dinner.
Grace has had placements with the building structure team with Arup in Nottingham. This included supporting the design of several university buildings and a museum.
"I really enjoyed applying what I had learned in my lectures to real projects and watching them be constructed," she says.
"Civil engineering is a great career choice because whether you're interested in construction, design or technology there is something for everyone. You gain skills which you can put into practice on a diverse range of projects all over the world."