Western Counties Prize Giving

Published: 04/12/2018

The Western Counties Regional Group held its annual prize giving ceremony on 19 October 2018, preceding the evening technical lecture. 


Above, L-R: Alexander Smith, Jozef Denby, Matt Poulton, Professor Richard Harris

Francis Memorial Prize

Awarded annually by the Regional Group, the prize was proposed by William Emrys Francis in 1933 with the aim of bringing ‘the work of structural engineering before engineering students’. Francis was a member of the Regional Group committee. Born on 11 February 1893 he was appointed Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol in 1919, a position he held until his death in 1937. 

Today, the prize is awarded to a student for the best performance in analysis and design of structures, at each of the three civil engineering degrees programmes in the region. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash sum.

2017-2018 academic year awards were made to:

  • Jozef Denby (UWE, Bristol)
  • Matt Poulton (University of Bristol)
  • Ieuan Marks-Venables (University of Bath)
Martin Ashmead Prize

The Martin Ashmead Prize is awarded annually by the Western Counties Regional Group to those candidates from the region who obtain the highest mark in the Chartered Membership and Associate-Membership exams.

The prize was created in 2016 in recognition of the immense contribution by Martin Ashmead to the Regional Chartered Membership Examination Preparation Course over the 30 years since its inception on 11 February 1986.
The prize consists of a certificate and a cash sum.

For the year 2017 there were no candidates sitting the Associate-Membership exam in the region.

The 2017 prize for the Chartered Membership exam was awarded to:
  • Alexander Smith
Regional Group prize for a presented paper

Each year the Western Counties Regional Group awards a certificate for the best presented paper at a technical evening meeting. The 2017 prize has been awarded to:
  • Professor Richard Harris for his paper ‘Sustainability through Timber’ presented on 16 November 2017.

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