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Six shortlisted for NCE Graduate of the Year

Six young civil engineers will next week each attempt to convince a panel 17 top construction company directors that they should be chosen as NCE’s 2012 Graduate of the Year.

These finalists, who all graduated last year, have already won through from a record 115 worldwide entries and now have just half an hour to persuade the jury of sponsoring companies of their academic and engineering skills.

“This year’s competition attracted exceptionally high standard entries and it proved extremely difficult to choose just six finalists,” said awards’ secretary David Hayward. “We regard all the shortlisted candidates as winners and they will share a record £4,000 prize pot.”

At the awards’ lunch early next month the overall winner will receive £1500 and considerable praise from the 200 strong audience of industry leaders. Two runners up will each win £700, with three highly commended finalists handed £350 cheques.

The six finalists are: Neil Cuthbert from Atkins and Dundee University; Eva Linnell, Atkins and Bristol University; Andrew Mather, Ramboll and Oxford University; Jamie Radford, Mott MacDonald and Cambridge University; Stephen Thompson, Arup and Bristol University and Tom Wallace from Tony Gee and the University of Surrey.

Readers' comments (5)

  • It would appear grads working for contractors aren't interested in this comp!

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  • I would be interested in understanding the comparative level of applications from Contractors and others ... there are some great projects going on with some excellent Graduates obtaining once-in-a-lifetime experience with contractors. Maybe they are all just too busy!

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  • David; Of the record 115 entries, 19% were from contractor graduates ( down from 29% last year) with all but a handful of the remainder from consultants. Additionally it is unusual and unfortunate that no contractors made the top six this year.

    Historically I notice that a marked percentage of consultant graduates demonstrate more enthusiasm and effort in the presentation of their papers than contractors.

    Perhaps, as you suggest, contractor graduates have other prioirities and fail- in the entry form - to give their achievments the merit they deserve. I market contractors as much as any other sector when seeking entries.

    David Hayward, NCE Graduate Awards Secretary

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  • Good luck to the finalist.

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  • I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to meeting you all in December!

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