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NCE Graduate awards: Reach for the top

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s NCE Graduate Awards. The winner receives £1,500, plus the opportunity to work alongside the ICE President and meet the construction minister.

NCE’s Graduate Awards celebrate the flourishing careers of graduate civil engineers in their first year of work. They also acknowledge the quality of their university education and the commitment shown by employers to support their brightest stars.

University College Dublin, Imperial College London, and Bristol, Nottingham and Birmingham universities share in the kudos of last year’s finalists, as do Arup, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald, Sir Robert McAlpine, Atkins and Amey.

2013 NCE graduate awards winners

Finalists: 2013 finalists. (Left to right) Neill Brauders, Joe Smith (winner), Amy Wright, Philip Vautier, Tom Bartley, and Ramin Akhyani

Sponsored by firms from across the sector and judged by industry leaders, the awards also recognise that there is much more to being a successful civil engineer than just doing the job well. Awareness of industry issues and engagement with the challenges faced by society as well as the profession are all essential for an NCE graduate of the year.

NCE Graduate awards 2014

graduate awards logo 2014

The awards are open to anyone who graduated in 2013 with a civil engineering - or related - degree or postgraduate course. To enter online and for further information, visit or contact Alex Frayne on 0203 033 2904 or


“With massive challenges around global population growth, urbanisation and climate change, engineers are going to be essential in ensuring a happy, healthy and wealthy society,” says chair of the 2014 Awards judging panel, NCE editor Mark Hansford.

“Graduate engineers, with their passion to shape a better society and free-thinking willingness to embrace new technologies, will play an absolutely critical role. NCE’s Graduate Awards are a fantastic way to showcase the best of graduate talent that is emerging to play that vital role.”

Last year’s judging panel included Laing O’Rourke chairman and former High Speed 2 chairman Douglas Oakervee who says it is possible to see the potential of graduates in the early stages of their careers.

“It is vital to support these important awards as graduates are construction’s future,” he says.

Past winners have shown exceptional commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries, engaging in socio-economic and environmental projects as well as a healthy dose of sporting achievements.

The collective CVs of last year’s shortlist included building water and sanitation infrastructure in Tanzania, designing and coordinating construction of a hydropower and solar panel electricity plant in Malawi, debating in the House of Lords, kick-boxing, and visiting hundreds of schoolchildren to promote the profession.

The technical brilliance of those on the shortlist covered geotechnics, water engineering, building information modelling, project management, structural engineering, airport design and road projects.

With the rail, road and water industries all predicting increased workloads over the next 10 years, clients, consultants and contractors are also keen to know who the next generation of project leaders will be.

Graduates can enter the Awards until 9 September. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to give a presentation to the judging panel at the ICE headquarters in London on 14November and attend the Awards lunch and prize-giving ceremony on 3 December, again at the ICE.

Prizes include £1,500 for the winner, £700 each for two runners up and £350 each for three highly commended individuals.

NCE and its panel of judges are looking for candidates who graduated from an ICE-accredited civil engineering, or related, first degree or postgraduate MSc course in 2013 and who are already proving to be someone passionate about the profession, technically superb and have a certain something else that sets them apart.

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