Andrew Hill, 22, has been awarded the ICE Student Prize, a national award given to the best civil engineering student at each university offering relevant, recognised qualifications. Mr Hill studied four years full time for an MEng in General Engineering before graduating, not only with a first class honours degree, but also the highest mark in his cohort. Andrew was awarded a certificate of merit and £250.

The ICE, which presented the award, has thousands of members across the North East, for whom it provides continuing professional development, as well as acting as a voice for the civil engineering profession. Members range from students and apprentices at the start of their career, to world renowned professionals at the top of their field.

Penny Marshall, Regional Director of ICE in the North East said: “On behalf of the ICE I would like to congratulate Andrew on both his degree and receiving this award. Civil engineering is a rewarding profession and I am sure he will go on to have a great career.

“There are a number of excellent civil engineering courses available at the North East’s universities, but this is not the only way to get into the profession. Many young people are now starting careers in civil engineering as apprentices, which is a more ‘hands on’ route but offers all the same opportunities.”