Nominations are now open for the IED Annual Prize for Final Year Students on IED Accredited Degree Courses
Posted on 24/01/2019 by IED
The annual IED prize is awarded to IED student members who produce an outstanding performance on their final project.
The award changed a few years ago so that each eligible FEI/HEI could select prize winners and notify the IED of the winner’s details.
These changes ensure that all prize winners are able to receive their prize certificate in time for their graduation ceremony.
Prize Winner Selection Conditions
Students can only be selected for the award by a member of FEI/HEI staff who is also an IED member.
The student whose details are submitted to the IED should already be a member of the IED. Late applications for prize winners to become an IED Student Member will not be accepted.
Prizes are awarded by FEIs/HEIs to the student with the best final year project mark on each type of accredited programme.
At degree level, this would normally be a project with a first class/distinction grade. At other academic levels, this may be a lower mark/grade.
At HNC/HND level, the nominee has to attain TWO distinctions (or two merits in Scotland) in their HNC/HND award. One of the distinctions/merits must be in a project at level 5 related to Engineering Design.The other distinction is to be in either Engineering Design or Computer Aided Design at level 5.
An institution can award a maximum of five prizes – one in each of the following categories:
- Engineering Technician (EngTech) accredited programme (HNC or HND/Foundation Degree)
- Incorporated Engineer (IEng) accredited programme (Bachelors)
- Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited programme (Integrated MEng or MSc)
- Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) accredited programme (Bachelors)
- Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD) accredited programme (Integrated MDes or MA/MSc)
Note: For integrated master’s programmes (e.g. MEng or MDes) with projects at both level 6 and 7, the award can only be made to either the Bachelors or Masters level graduate from that programme and not for both levels.
Judging the Prize
The IED accepts that final year individual projects from different institutions are likely to have different emphases and learning outcomes. However, all final projects would be expected to include as a minimum the following aspects to meet the IED/Engineering Council learning outcomes:
- A project brief
- Graphical representation of the final design i.e. photograph, 3-D model or rendering of the prototype/solution
- Evidence of the design process
- Evidence of research and analysis
The project would also normally include:
- Summary of research undertaken including definition of defined customer/market needs
- A product design specification
- Evidence of concepts derived and the evaluation process undertaken
- Detail design with consideration of materials and manufacturing processes
- Evidence of design calculations and/or analysis carried out
- Evidence of testing and evaluation carried out
- Tutor evaluation of industrial involvement/support, etc., if appropriate
- Review/conclusion to work undertaken on the project
- Any ethical approval forms if applicable
The FEI/HEI should decide on the prize winners at the assessment/award boards or equivalent for the programmes or departments running the accredited programmes.
Copies of all projects awarded prizes must be kept by the FEI/HEI and made available for review at the next accreditation event for review by the accreditation panel.
Notifying the IED of Prize Winners
Notification of prize winners should be made by completing the Nomination Form found at the bottom of this page and returning to the IED where possible 6 weeks prior to the graduation ceremony in order to enable certificates to be printed and returned to the FEI/HEI.
The Prize Award Notification Form should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure “IED Prize 2019” is included in the email subject.Acknowledgement of receipt will be made within 5 working days.
Presentation of the Prize and Promotion for the Prize Winner(s)
The prestigious IED Prize consists of a certificate for the winner(s).Where possible, an IED member will award the prize to the winning student.
The following citation(s) should be used when presenting the prize at the graduation ceremony and in all promotional material:
- Awarded to an Institution of Engineering Designer (IED) student member achieving the highest grade for an outstanding performance on the final project of an Engineering Technician accredited programme.
- Awarded to an Institution of Engineering Designer (IED) student member achieving the highest grade for an outstanding performance on the final project of an Incorporated Engineer accredited programme.
- Awarded to an Institution of Engineering Designer (IED) student member achieving the highest grade for an outstanding performance on the final project of a Chartered Engineer accredited programme.
- Awarded to an Institution of Engineering Designer (IED) student member achieving the highest grade for an outstanding performance on the final project of a Registered Product Designer accredited programme.
- Awarded to an Institution of Engineering Designer (IED) student member achieving the highest grade for an outstanding performance on the final project of a Chartered Technological Product Designer accredited programme.
The names of all those presented with the annual prize will also be published on the IED website, in the IED journal and an email with roll of honours will be circulated to the IED membership.
It is expected that FEI/HEIs will take every opportunity to promote the winning students through their normal marketing channels.All promotional material should include the IED logo.
All queries related to the IED prize should be made to:
Jo Winslow, Education and Training Manager
Institution of Engineering Designers
+44 (0) 1373 822801