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Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2019

This international award celebrates outstanding and innovative teaching techniques in structural engineering

Win a cash prize of £1000 and the opportunity to have your paper published in The Structural Engineer.

Your submission

Your submission should outline how you have developed innovative teaching philosophies and techniques to improve student learning at a tertiary level. It may cover any bachelor’s or taught master’s course and should describe one or more of the following:

  • Developments in learning/teaching philosophies and their impact on learning outcomes
  • Learning tools and physical or electronic models for use in lectures, tutorials or laboratory classes
  • Methods of demonstrating/teaching specific concepts of structural behaviour
  • Self learning activities for students
  • Methods of assessment
  • Course design.

Assessment criteria

Judges will assess:

  • Innovation in teaching to improve learning
  • Evidence of effectiveness in improving the learning outcomes of students, and
  • Integration of the specific improvement into an overall scheme of learning/teaching.

Submit your entry



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  Members and non-members of the Institution based anywhere in the world;
  Departmental individuals or teams working in tertiary education responsible for
  developing any aspect of the teaching and learning of structural engineering.


  The Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award;
  A cash prize of £1,000;
  Paper published in The Structural Engineer (subject to peer review) and
  invitation to attend the annual People and Papers Awards lunch in June.

Entry format

  Max. 5000 words (including 250 per illustration). Written content must be
  provided as .doc file or PDF, with figures, graphs and other pictures as .tif,
  PDF or .png at 300 dpi or the highest resolution possible.

  By making the submission, you (the author(s)) warrant that you are the
  originators of the content put forward and that you are either the owners of
  the copyright of all material and agree to publication, or you have the
  permission of the copyright holders for publication by the Institution both on
  paper and online.





Previous Award Winners



  • Commendation: George Fereday for his paper The importance of making: Haptic feedback & intuition in the teaching of structures in Architecture for group teaching work with second year undergraduates at Cass School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University.


  • Tim Stratford for his paper 'Experiments in Learning Design - Creating space for progression and continuity in design education' and work at The University of Edinburgh. 
  • Commendations: Martin Gillie for his paper First Year Structures Teaching – Changing Demands and his work at The University of Manchester, and the University of Leeds Structures Group for their paper Use of the Integrated Design Project (IDP) to Enhance Understanding of Structural Behaviour and their work at The University of Leeds.


  • Jonathan Haynes and Neil Currie for their paper Outcomes from applying the inverted classroom to a first year structures module and their work at The University of Salford. 
  • Commendations: Martin Crapper, Alison FurberMartin Gillie and Tim Stratford for their paper Teaching Skills for Conceptual Design – A New Approach and their work at the The University of Edinburgh and The University of Manchester, and Dr Stylianos Yiatros for his paper Year 1 Integrated Design for Civil Engineers at the Cyprus University of Technology: Designing, Analyzing, Building & Testing model structures and his work at Cyprus University of Technology.

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