Structural engineers as individuals and a profession are engaged with improving the built environment and wider society. To do so appropriately and to the benefit of all, engineers must maintain and promote high ethical standards and challenge unethical behaviour. To support members, the Panel develops and promotes activities to enhance understanding of ethics, ethical behaviour and whistleblowing.
We invite expressions of interest in Panel membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.
Members of the Panel are expected to fully participate in supporting and driving the Panel's activities forward.
There are many ways that you can contribute to the activities of the group, and you will be expected to do some work outside the meetings, for example drafting or reviewing guidance and keeping up to date on the latest developments around engineering ethics.
Meetings are generally held online. In-person meetings are held at the discretion of, and agreed by, the Panel.
Contact the Panel if you have questions about their work.
Provides an overview of whistleblowing and how to raise a concern.
All members of the Institution of Structural Engineers should subscribe to the Statement of Ethical Principles.
The following example scenarios were designed to test your understanding of how to manage ethical issues.
Watch Tanya de Hoog's presidential inaugural address, focusing on engineering with purpose and the importance of aligning our values for global impact.
How to design for the climate & biodiversity emergency: thought leadership from the Institution of Structural Engineers.
This new guidance is an essential read for any built environment professional developing new (or reusing existing) structures today. Across four principal sections it explains why the adoption of circular economy principles is critical.
A blog post written by Engineers Without Borders UK about how educators can advocate for change to reshape engineering education.
In a thought-provoking opinion piece, Mike Bather argues that the profession has a moral responsibility to thoughtfully reconsider its approach to business in the face of worsening climate breakdown – and to do this straight away.
Watch presentations from this year's conference, which focused on integrating sustainability, ethics, inclusion, and a sense of global responsibility into education through action.
This year the judges have introduced new judging criteria designed to ensure that the Structural Awards recognise and celebrate the immense skill structural engineers demonstrate across a vast range of structures.
Kristy MacDonald provides a summary of the key revisions to the Institution’s new Code of Conduct.
How should we approach working with old and historic buildings?
Hear from the engineer behind the Structural Award-winning Newquay Harper Footbridge project - and get into the mindset of only doing what is necessary.
In-depth analysis with extended discussions and study questions of case studies that are based on real work ethical situations.