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COVID-19 response

Updates on Institution activities and resources during the COVID-19 emergency.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic presents huge challenges to members.

During this period we will strive to keep you updated about Institution activities, issue regular updates on advice from governments and other organisations, and provide you with more and better remote learning opportunities wherever you are in the world.

Keep an eye on this page for news on our services, a rolling programme of new remote learning opportunities, and other important information.


COVID-19 news and resources

Man suffering from stress

Recognising mental health problems

Andy Leask FIStructE discusses some of the signs that someone needs support.

Date - 15 May 2020
Author - Andy Leask FIStructE
Exterior at Bastwick Street

IStructE HQ during lockdown

Our headquarter building in Bastwick Street, London is currently closed, following UK Government advice relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date - 30 March 2020
A woman working in her home office

Homeworking established – 5 further considerations

Owen Brooker MIStructE considers wider implications of home working for business.

Date - 7 April 2020
Author - Owen Brooker MIStructE
Working from home

Remote working for SMEs

Dan Fordham MIStructE provides useful tips for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) forced to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date - 3 April 2020
Author - Dan Fordham MIStructE
View of a complex road junction from above

Should COVID-19 change society's direction of travel?

What we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? Kate Leighton gives an opinion from a UK perspective.

Date - 30 March 2020
Author - Kate Leighton FIStructE
Don McQuillan, 2020 IStructE President

An open letter from Don McQuillan, President

A message from the 2020 President to members worldwide.

Date - 30 March 2020
Exterior at Bastwick Street

An open letter from the Chief Executive, Martin Powell

An update on the Institution's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date - 19 March 2020
A building undergoing demolition

Points to consider before attending a site during the COVID-19 epidemic

Points to consider before attending a site.

Date - 26 March 2020

Remote CPD opportunities

<h4>Generating schemes effectively</h4>

Generating schemes effectively

How to generate a diverse range of viable structural solutions.

Date - 2 September 2020
Price - £45.50 + VAT
two people shaking hands

Dealing with domestic clients (online)

This online half day course assists engineers working in the domestic sector for householders or small business people.

Date - 3 September 2020
Price - £155 - £225
<h4>Business and strategic planning (online)</h4>

Business and strategic planning (online)

A business plan provides a living blueprint for running and growing your business and ensures you are on course to meet goals, financial targets and operational milestones.

Date - 9 September 2020
Price - £125 - £195
<h4>UK high-pressure oil and gas underground pipeline infrastructure</h4>

UK high-pressure oil and gas underground pipeline infrastructure

This online lecture will give an overview of the routes and locations of UK high-pressure natural gas transmission, petrochemical and oil pipelines. It also covers the key aspects of delivering pipeline products, consistently, reliably and safely.

Date - 10 September 2020
Price - Free
Looking up towards temporary structure scaffolding

Temporary works appreciation (online)

This online course provides an understanding of temporary works, how they are managed in construction and the importance of controlling costs and risks.

Date - 14 September 2020
Price - £265
calculator on top of a balance sheet

Financial fundamentals (online)

This online course provides an overview of accounting principles, an explanation of the jargon used, and an understanding of how the three key financial documents are produced.

Date - 15 September 2020
Price - £295 - £445
<h4>SMART Healthcare Facilities</h4>

SMART Healthcare Facilities

Learn how facilities are being retrofitted to become safer and greener.

Date - 15 September 2020
Price - Free
<h4>Annual Academics conference (online)</h4>

Annual Academics conference (online)

Two half days of online presentations and discussion for the built environment academic community

Date - 16 September 2020
Price - Free
looking up to a suspension bridge tower

Conceptual design for structural engineers: an introductory course (online)

A series of two hour interactive courses taking place over four weeks, supported by individual study in between.

Date - 16 September 2020
Price - £265 - £375

Important information


The Benevolent Fund

We support current or former IStructE members going through tough times with grants, loans and advice. Get in touch today.

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The Structural Engineer magazine

Change your address to receive your copy at home. A 30% discount is available for new online subscriptions.

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CPD submissions

We still require members to submit CPD records. If you're experiencing problems contact [email protected] We'll be happy to help.

About CPD

Library services

Our ebook collection of almost 400 titles remains accessible.

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Institution exams

July Chartered and Associate-Membership exams have been postponed until September due to the pandemic.

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Advice from other organisations


New BSI standard on COVID-19 Safe Working

BSI release a new standard to help companies create safe working arrangements.

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Engineers for the NHS

IED project brings engineers together to address challenges set by NHS workers.

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Site operating procedures

Version five has been published by the Construction Leadership Council.

View guidance

Latest from the Construction Industry Council (CIC)

The CIC produces a Coronavirus digest with latest news for the UK.

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Template travel to work letter

The Construction Leadership Council has prepared the attached template that firms can issue to workforces.

View letter

Engineering a resilient future

Royal Academy report explains how engineers can minimise the impact of COVID-19 for the UK, to secure a more resilient future.

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Coronavirus employment schemes

Information on the UK Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum

Forum represents the interests of Scotland’s construction supply chain with one consistent voice.

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How sites should be closed

Guidance if sites are to be temporarily closed, from the Construction Leadership Council.

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