Award categories

For individuals 

The Technical Excellence category seeks to celebrate women who are simply great in their specialist field, whether that’s engineering, digital design, carbon reduction or construction on site. These nominees deliver excellence combined with innovation and collaboration to make a significant impact in the planning or delivery of a project.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of nominees’ technical expertise in their field
  • An example of a significant technical challenge the nominee was involved with and description of how this was overcome, with evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominees’ work has had one the project procurement, design or outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This category seeks to recognise women who work on projects, but not in a direct engineering or construction capacity, who still play a crucial part in project delivery. These might be project managers or those from other disciplines such as marketing, quantity surveying, cost management or data management.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of nominees’ expertise in their field
  • An example of a significant  challenge affecting the project that the nominee worked on and description of how this was overcome, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the nominees’ work has had one the project outcome and how this has been shared for future learning

This is a category aimed at women in leadership positions in engineering or construction firms who have used their positions to inspire and engage the workforce and improve outcomes for customers and their business.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • How their work has impacted their firms’ workforce, customers and community
  • Feedback from staff and stakeholders
  • What makes them “one of a kind”

This category is open to any inspirational person, not just women, who have gone above and beyond to promote gender diversity through their own work.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation/outstanding work in the field of gender diversity
  • Outcomes and whether the work has led to sustainable change
  • How learnings have been shared with the sector
  • Anything that gives the nominee the “wow” factor

This category seeks to recognise women in their early career who have gone above and beyond to promote gender diversity through their own work or made an outstanding contribution to a project or outreach activity.

The entrant must have no more than 10 years’ industry experience and the entry must be backed by a supporting testimonial.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of innovation/outstanding work in their field or in promoting gender diversity
  • Outcomes and whether the work has led to sustainable change
  • How learnings have been shared wider within the organisation or sector
  • Anything that gives the nominee the “wow” factor

For organisations 

This category looks to recognise individuals or teams who go the extra mile to inspire women to consider a career in engineering or construction. Whether it is promoting science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and colleges, or mentoring work placements and new joiners or working with youth organisations, this person or organisation deserves recognition for encouraging women to take part in the engineering and construction sector.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Ethos behind outreach work
  • Description of outreach work itself
  • Feedback from recipients/metrics on its effectiveness

This category is open to individuals and teams who do not work in a technical capacity, but who nevertheless play a critical role in supporting project teams and championing initiatives across their organisation. For example, nominees might work in human resources or communications and strive to empower women in their workforce.

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In 500 words the Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of an initiative or nominees’ that have made a significant contribution to improving the support of women in their workforce
  • An example of a significant challenge and description of how this was overcome, giving evidence of innovation/collaboration/problem solving
  • The impact the work has had on project outcomes or the organisation and how this has been shared wider for future learning