Celebrating student success at engineering prize giving

13 November 2014

Students, staff and sponsors celebrate a successful evening

Students, staff and sponsors celebrate a successful evening

The annual School of Engineering and Built Environment prize-giving ceremony celebrated the achievements of outstanding students last night (November 12).

Graduates, students and academics from across the School were joined by key stakeholders, including industry leaders and professional institutions, to recognise success in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Environmental programmes, Forensic Investigation, Networking and Computing Web Systems Development, and Digital Security.

The annual event was supported by national, international and global businesses, which provided sponsorship and awards.

A total of 87 awards were handed out. Graduate Claire Gordon took home three prizes on the night - the Best Overall Student and Best Dissertation Awards in the Construction and Surveying category, as well as the Harry Madden Memorial Prize.

Claire said: “I’m delighted. I worked hard throughout my programme to achieve the best result possible and to get these awards is a massive bonus.”

Claire, who now works as a building surveyor for Trident, praised the work-placement element of her programme: “It really helps you gain experience and insight of what to expect when you leave university. It also shows employers that you have experience when you start to look for work.

“I managed to get employment with the firm where I had my work placement. Even if I hadn’t, I would still have had the experience other employers would have been looking for.”

Christopher Wing To, Executive Director for the Construction Industry Council and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch), was given an Alumni Achievement Award on the night.

Christopher played a big role in the world’s first zero carbon building (ZCB), which is a pioneering project to showcase state-of-the-art zero carbon building technologies and raise community awareness of sustainable living in Hong Kong. The building actively feeds electricity back to the grid and makes large-scale use of biodiesel made from waste cooking oil.

Brigadier Paul Harkness MBE delivered the after-dinner speech. He spoke of the value of engineers to the armed forces and urged guests to find their own role models and aspire to better them.

Professor Iain Cameron, Acting Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted to once again welcome our industry sponsors on campus to present awards to our most talented students from Level 1 through to final-year students and those at Masters level.

“Our annual prize giving has been running for several years, and this year we had more industry sponsors than ever before. Over 80 students went home with a prize and a new network of industry contacts. This is reflective of the growing markets particularly in construction and computing and networking.”