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Prizes & Awards

The IRSE has a number of prizes and awards which celebrate excellence, inspire colleagues and promote the Institution within train control and communication systems engineering.

IRSE Merit Award

This award recognises meritorious service to the Institution by one of its volunteers or a or staff member.  Nominations for Merit Awards are welcomed from the IRSE membership and section committees.

In 2020 Merit awards were awarded to Trevor Foulkes FIRSE and Mark Glover FIRSE.

Trevor Foulkes played an important role in establishing the new London and South East section which he now chairs. He has been a good contributor to the Institution for many years, presenting a number of papers particularly on telecoms topics and supporting the IRSE exam review and development of the revised arrangements. 

Since late 2014 Mark Glover has undertaken the production of key Institution publications. In all his work, Mark demonstrates a high level of commitment and workmanship, and the IRSE has benefited hugely from the professional image that his work portrays.

Thorrowgood Scholarship Award

Under the terms of the bequest of WJ Thorrowgood (Past President), the scholarship is awarded to a young member who has excelled in the Institution's Exam. It assists the development of a young engineer employed in the signalling and telecommunications field of engineering with £1500 towards an industry-based study tour.

2020 winner: No candidate met the criteria this year.

IRSE-Signet Award

This award is made jointly by the IRSE and Signet Solutions Ltd to the candidate achieving the highest marks in any single module of the Institution's exam. It was introduced to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of Signet Solutions Ltd to recognise professional development by providing funding to attend an IRSE international event.

2020 winner: Jonathan Farrell of Irish Rail  for achieving 90% in module 1 (safety of railway signalling and communications) sat in October 2019.

Dell Award

This award is made annually under a bequest of the late Robert Dell OBE (Past President) to a member of the Institution employed by London Underground Ltd for achievement of a high standard of skill in the science and application of railway signalling.  The recipient is presented with a cheque and award plaque.