Awards

AWARDS

The Trust gives annual awards and prizes to support and encourage excellence amongst qualified engineers and those training to be Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and engineering Technicians.

There are 25 awards and prizes that are either applied for directly or nominated through institutions and the Armed Services.

In addition the Trust is the sole named supporter of the MacRobert Award for Engineering, the premier UK award for engineering innovations that have demonstrated commercial success and benefit to society, administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The awards and prizes are presented at the annual awards ceremony and Livery dinner of the Engineers Company, held in a prestigious London venue. This dinner celebrates the achievements of rising engineers, and gives prize and award winners the opportunity to meet senior engineers from all engineering disciplines and to create professional and personal friendships beyond their normal sphere of activity.

Many of our Awards are by nomination from partner organisations but some are open for eligible individuals or organisations to complete an application form or fulfil other submission criteria. For convenience these are downloadable here:

NOMINATIONS OPEN TO ALL

Eligible individuals or organisations may apply for the following awards:

Scope:

The Worshipful Company of Engineers in co-operation with UK-based charity Tech4All, offers an award for the most creative engineering-based solutions to help those who are disadvantaged or in poverty. The award is intended to encourage engineers to use their skills and expertise to create solutions to alleviate the causes or consequences of underlying issues leading to people being disadvantaged in any way or in poverty.

Sponsor(s):

Engineers Trust, Tech4All

Eligibility:

Entries must be received by March 1 each year.

Entrants can be independent, or part of a recognised body, but financial control processes must be present and openly reported.

Award:

A cash prize of £20,000. The judges may award runners up substantial discretionary prizes.

Success Criteria:

Submissions can address the causes or consequences of underlying issues leading to people being disadvantaged in any way or in poverty across a broad range of areas including, but not limited to, health, mobility, social exclusion, education, banking or location. Applicants must clearly identify the evidence-based challenge to be overcome, how the innovation will benefit the disadvantaged or poor and how that benefit can be or has been measured. Projects must be supported by a simple high-level business plan identifying essential immediate cash-requirements, and a self-sustaining future operating model.

For more information please email: innovation4all.award@engineerscompany.org.uk

Applications should be limited to work conducted within the last two years by those in the early stages of their engineering career (post further/higher education, apprenticeship, career returners or following a career change).

The winning application will receive a prize of £1200 along with a framed certificate. They will be invited to attend the Worshipful Company of Engineers Annual Awards Ceremony at a presitgious London venue to be presented with the prize.

Award Criteria
You will be asked to explain how the nominated innovation meets the judging criteria of:

positive impact to the efficacy or safety of the frontline members of the armed forces;

or financial savings to the Ministry of Defence;

or benefit to the engineering community and/or defence industry

You will need to identify the engineer or engineers responsible for the work and provide two referees who are sufficiently knowledgeable to support the nomination. Whilst a classified project would not be excluded, per se, please ensure that the Ministry of Defence or other suitable organisation is able formally to approve the release of information for general publication for prize administration, judging and publicity, prior to the application. Although not encouraged, by exception an additional classified annexe to the submission may be considered by specific arrangement with the prize administrators.

Eligibility
Any organisation, whether in the private, public or charity sectors, may apply for the Award. Although the ultimate ownership of the organisation and the nationality of the nominated individuals are not relevant, the innovation, impact, efficacy or safety, financial savings and benefit to defence engineering should be key areas of the submission must have a substantial UK content. The organisation must nominate no more than five individuals who were the major contributors to the defence engineering project as part of the submission.

If you’re interested, please fill out the application form above, and email it to: Defence-Engineering-Award@awe.co.uk. Closing date for applications is 30 April each year.

Scope:

The Hawley Award, which was established in 2006, is awarded annually for the most outstanding Engineering Innovation that delivers demonstrable benefit to the environment, and, specifically this year, helping to achieve Net Zero Carbon by at least 2050. The aim is to encourage and support UK resident early career stage graduate engineers or scientists, typically within 10 years of starting their careers and who have personally produced an engineering innovation that arises from work undertaken after graduation from a UK university. The innovation must have demonstrated at least a prototype or proof of concept and there is an expectation that the technology will be developed commercially.

Sponsor(s):

Aliis cum Humanitae, AMEC plc, AstraZeneca,
BP International Ltd, British Energy, BSI
Carron Energy, Costains
Deloitte and Touche plc, Dr Robert Hawley
EC UK, EDF Energy, Engineering and Technology Board
Fidelity, HSBC Holdings Ltd, IAC, IMarEST, John Laing plc, Keir Group
Liverymen, National Grid, Nuclear Industry Association
Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Rutland, RWE Power
Scottish Power, Shell Exploration
Thames Water, The Go-Ahead Group plc, The IET, The Society of Environmental Engineers
The Weir Group plc, UKAEA, VT Group
Worshipful Company of Water Conservators

Eligibility:

A resident of the UK who is a graduate or more senior member of a recognised Professional Engineering Institution.
An early career stage engineer or scientist, in academia or industry, typically within 10 years of starting a professional career.
An individual candidate who has personally produced an engineering innovation.
Exceptionally, a small team may be considered where the innovation has a highly multidisciplinary nature.

Award:

A cash prize of up to £5,000 (for use in furthering a career), an engraved medal and a certificate.

Success Criteria:

The Innovation will:
Have demonstrable benefits for the Environment, specifically, helping to achieve Net Zero Carbon.
Arise from work undertaken after the award of a graduate or post-graduate degree from a recognised UK university or during study for a post-graduate degree. Work undertaken for a BSc or MEng will not be eligible.
Have at least reached a stage where a prototype has been developed or proof of concept demonstrated, and there is an expectation that the technology will be developed commercially. The results of laboratory based research will not of themselves be sufficient to qualify for the Award.

Scope:

The Award is made annually to a student for a postgraduate paper describing how engineering techniques are being used for the advancement of medical treatment and provides a medal and bursary towards the cost of a taught or research programme of postgraduate studies in Medical Engineering.

Eligibility:

A taught or research postgraduate student.

Award:

Medal and £1,000 Bursary towards the cost of a taught or research programme of postgraduate studies in Medical Engineering.

Success Criteria:

A demonstration of high academic ability and a vision, enthusiasm, and commitment to the application of engineering within medicine or public health.

Scope:

The Stephenson Award is for those who have been particularly successful in encouraging young people to study engineering with an emphasis, but not exclusively, on mechanical engineering. In 1997, members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers made donations to fund a Worshipful Company of Engineers Loving Cup to mark the Institution’s 150th Anniversary. Donations in excess of those needed for the Loving Cup were used to establish the Stephenson Award and further donations were received from members in later years, supplemented by a substantial grant from Rolls-Royce plc. The Engineers’ Company acknowledges the assistance of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the EDT (formerly the Engineering Development Trust) with nominations for this Award.

Sponsor(s):

Liverymen of the Company who are IMechE Members, Rolls Royce PLC.

Eligibility:

Typically educationalists, industrialists and leaders of young engineer project competitions.

Award:

Medal & £1000 Prize.

Success Criteria:

A demonstrable success in encouraging young people to study engineering.

The winner in 2022 was Wg Cdr Gemma Lonsdale.

Scope:

Awarded in collaboration with the Rochester Bridge Trust, the Phil Tindall Memorial Award for mentoring is designed to recognise the efforts of civil engineers who share knowledge and support newcomers to the career.
The award is presented in alternate (odd-numbered) years annually by the Worshipful Company of Engineers on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust, in memory of Phil Tindall, a civil engineer who inspired many young engineers during his 40-year career.

The Rochester Bridge Trust is a medieval charity responsible for providing crossings of the River Medway in Kent. In addition, it facilitates and provides engineering education for people of all ages, to support the bridge builders of the future.

Phil Tindall died in 2019, having been an engineering consultant to the Trust prior to his retirement. During that time he mentored many young engineers, including several who went on to work on Rochester Bridge.

This award honours the work of Phil and aims to promote, encourage and recognise an ongoing legacy of mentoring in the civil engineering sector.

Sponsors:

The Rochester Bridge Trust

Eligibility:

Chartered and incorporated engineers with three years’ experience as a mentor in all sectors of the civil engineering industry and profession can enter this award, with self-nomination encouraged.

Award:

Medal and £1000 Prize.

Success Criteria:

Those who have been particularly successful in mentoring civil engineers during the first ten years of their careers, helping them to develop skills, expertise and confidence, with a particular emphasis on bridges and structures.

NOMINATIONS MADE BY PARTNERING INSTITUTIONS

Award winners are decided in partnership with other institutions:

Scope:

The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award is the premier prize for UK innovation in engineering. It seeks to demonstrate the importance of engineering and the role of engineers and scientists in contributing to national prosperity and international prestige. It is awarded annually for an outstanding example of innovation and benefit to the community, which has also achieved commercial success. The award honours the winning company with a gold medal and the team members with a prize of £50,000. The Engineers Trust is supporting the Award with £20,000 annually for 10 years.

Sponsor(s):

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the WCE Charitable Trust.

Eligibility:

Any organisation, whether in the private, public or charity sectors, may apply for the Award. Although the ultimate ownership of the organisation and the nationality of the nominated individuals are not relevant, the innovatory component of the submission should have a substantial UK content. The organisation must nominate no more than five individuals who were the major contributors to the innovatory component of the submission.

Award:

£50,000 Prize and Medal.

Success Criteria:

The submission will be judged on innovation, commercial success and benefits to the community.

Scope:

The RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year competition, awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, offers five prizes of £3,000 to early career engineers whose achievements are recognised as outstanding.

Sponsor(s):

Royal Academy of Engineering and WCE Charitable Trust.

Eligibility:

Early career engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment whose achievements are recognised as outstanding.

Award:

£3000.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of outstanding achievement and excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than ten years since graduation from their first degree in engineering). There is no restriction on the discipline base of the individual nominated.

Scope:

Originally established to recognise engineering excellence amongst those pursuing final year studies leading to academic qualifications for entry to the Engineering Council’s Incorporated Engineer grade, this Award was refocused in 2013 to those who achieved registration as Incorporated Engineer in the preceding calendar year. Named for the Late Liveryman and Court Assistant Emeritus, The Baroness Platt of Writtle CBE FREng in recognition of her work in support of the Engineering profession in general and Incorporated Engineers in particular, the Award was first made in 2002. The Engineers’ Company acknowledges the assistance of the Engineering Council and its partner Professional Engineering Institutions in selecting the winner.

Sponsor(s):

WCE Charitable Trust, the Dulverton Trust and the Engineering Council.

Eligibility:

British citizen or 5 years UK resident achieving registration with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer and whose principal residence is in the UK.

Award:

Medal & £1000 Prize.

Success Criteria:

A demonstration of excellence in gaining registration as an Incorporated Engineer in the preceding calendar year.

Scope:

Established in 2012 under the Will of Liveryman Dr David Leete for the purpose of making awards in what Dr Leete called Production Engineering Research but defined sufficiently broadly to encompass the whole field of what is now known as Manufacturing Research. The Award provides a “premium” above normal Departmental Training Awards. Eligibility is restricted to UK Nationals whose prospective projects do not benefit from Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards. The £18,000 total award is staged over 3 years of PhD study subject to sustainment of satisfactory performance.

Begun in 2013 with an agreement with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge for the Award to be given to their best new PhD research student, in 2020 the Award was transferred to the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick.

Sponsor(s):

The legacy of Dr David Leete to the WCE Charitable Trust Fund.

Eligibility:

The applicant must be a UK national who has been accepted on a course of PhD study at the Warwick Manufacturing Group in the University of Warwick, and who is not in receipt of a CASE award.

Award:

£18,000 total award staged over 3 years of PhD study.

Success Criteria:

Applicants will be judged by their potential to introduce significant change in manufacturing through research rather than applications engineering. They will have been assessed to be the best students of their year group.

Scope:

Established in 1996, the Cadzow Smith Engineering Awards were endowed by the Eastern Group plc in recognition of the outstanding services to engineering of its former Chairman, the late Dr James C Smith CBE FREng FRSE a Past Master Engineer. The Awards are for excellence on an accredited undergraduate engineering course conducted at one of eleven universities within London and the Home Counties. Besides academic excellence, the recipients of the Awards must have demonstrated self-confidence, professional awareness, leadership and sound common sense.

Sponsor(s):

The Eastern Group plc in recognition of the outstanding services to engineering of its former Chairman, the late Dr James C Smith CBE FREng FRSE a Past Master Engineer.

Eligibility:

Awarded to a British Citizen with the Right to Residence in the UK who is a student on the final year of an accredited engineering course in Greater London.

Award:

Medal and £2500 Prize and Medal (& £500 Prize for Highly Commended).

Success Criteria;

A demonstration of a combination of academic ability, personality and initiative that will provide most promise of future leadership in engineering.

Scope:

The Water Engineering award is made jointly with the International Water Association (IWA) normally for the best paper presentation at the annual IWA UK Young Water Professionals Conference.

Eligibility:

An academic poster or paper presented at the annual IWA UK Young Water Professionals Conference.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Judged jointly by the Worshipful Company of Engineers and the International Water Association to be the best presentation and paper.

Scope:

The IET’s Future Talent Awards include Launch Scholarships that now replace the Engineering Horizons Bursaries.

Eligibility:

Students or apprentices who face challenges or personal obstacles and are UK residents.

Award:

£1,500 per year for the duration of the degree or apprenticeship of up to 4 years. In additional to financial support, the Engineers Company provides each Scholar with a member of the Company as a Mentor.

NOMINATIONS MADE BY THE ARMED FORCES

Award winners are decided on the recommendation of the appropriate branches of the Armed Forces:

Scope:

Awarded to an officer graduating from the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) who has achieved outstanding academic performance and demonstrated clear leadership and commitment to a professional engineering career in the Armed Forces.

Eligibility:

Graduate from the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Achievement of outstanding academic performance and demonstration of clear leadership and commitment to a professional engineering career in the Armed Forces, made on the recommendation of the Operations Director of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Wiltshire.

Scope:

Awarded to an officer completing a postgraduate technical degree who has achieved overall academic excellence and contributed most to the advancement of technical knowledge or its application through a research project.

Eligibility:

Students at CMT Shrivenham or through CMT at another approved institution (including but not limited to students at the Royal School of Military Engineering, and attending the Royal Signals Communications Information Systems Management (CISM) MSc).

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Achievement of overall academic excellence and contributed most to the advancement of technical knowledge or its application through his/her research project, made on the recommendation of the Operations Director of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Wiltshire.

Scope:

Awarded to an officer of the Royal Navy who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Eligibility:

A Royal Navy Officer of any rank, regular or reserve who has a professional engineering registration.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to a rating of the Royal Navy who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Eligibility:

A Royal Navy Rating of any rank, regular or reserve who has a professional engineering registration.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to an Army Officer who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness. Competed for by the Company’s affiliated Corps: the Corps of Royal Engineers, the Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Eligibility:

An Army Officer of any rank, regular or reserve who is a professionally registered engineer.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to an Army Soldier who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness. Competed for by the Company’s affiliated Corps: the Corps of Royal Engineers, the Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Eligibility:

An Army Soldier, of any rank, regular or reserve who has a professional engineering registration.

Award;

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to an officer of the Royal Air Force who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Eligibility:

A Royal Air Force Officer of any rank, regular or reserve who has a professional engineering registration.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to a Royal Air Force Technician who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Eligibility:

A Royal Air Force Technician of any rank, regular or reserve who has a professional engineering registration.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Awarded to an employee of Defence Equipment and Support who has a professional engineering registration and who best applied professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Eligibility:

An employee of Defence Equipment and Support of any grade who has a professional engineering registration.

Award:

Medal.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of achievement of significant success through the application of professional engineering judgement or technical innovation to contribute to the maintenance of military capability or effectiveness.

Scope:

Vice Admiral Wildish served in HMS PRINCE OF WALES in 1941. A few months before the ship was sunk in the Far East, the ship’s officers presented him and his wife with a silver platter to mark their wedding. Vice Admiral Wildish died in 2017 and his family have given the platter to the current HMS PRINCE OF WALES in his memory. The platter is now part of the annual award to commemorate the innovation shown by Admiral Wildish during his career as a Marine Engineering Officer. Among his many inventions was the splinter box (for damage control) as well as the concept of maintenance scheduling, a forerunner to Unit Maintenance Management System in use today.

Sponsor(s):

HMS PRINCE OF WALES is affiliated to the Worshipful Company of Engineers, which, jointly with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology are pleased to support the Vice Admiral Wildish Memorial Prize for Engineering Innovation and The Commander Marine Engineering Award for Operational Engineering.

Eligibility:

A member of any engineering department onboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES (Air, Marine or Weapons)

Award:

Certificate and £200 Prize.

Success Criteria:

Awarded to the member of any engineering department onboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES (Air, Marine or Weapons) who has either created a new piece of equipment or technique to deal with a unique problem, solved a known problem in a more efficient way or used existing equipment or techniques in a new fashion to achieve a better result, demonstrating innovation in the face of adversity.

Scope:

The Commander Marine Engineering Award is made to the member of the Marine Engineering department onboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES who has delivered an exceptional result against either significant operational or time pressure, and/or arduous conditions.

Eligibility:

A member of the Marine Engineering department onboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES.

Award:

Certificate and £100 Prize.

Success Criteria:

Delivery of an exceptional result against either significant operational or time pressure, and/or arduous conditions.

Scope:

HMS ANSON is affiliated to the Worshipful Company of Engineers, which is pleased to support the Commanding Officer’s Engineering, Leadership and Innovation Award. Awarded to the HMS ANSON Junior Rate, Senior Rate, Warrant Officer, or Commissioned Officer who has demonstrated exceptional engineering ability, leadership and innovation over the previous 12 months.

Eligibility:

An HMS ANSON Junior Rate, Senior Rate, Warrant Officer, or Commissioned Officer.

Award:

Certificate and £150 Prize.

Success Criteria:

Demonstration of exceptional engineering ability, leadership and innovation over the previous 12 months.