Murphy awards first-class engineers

Top students at Leeds University’s undergraduate civil and structural engineering course have received an award and cash prize sponsored by Murphy.

Murphy’s engineering director Alastair Smyth this week presented the annual awards that are given to the highest performing students in years one, two and three. These awards recognise excellence in the field of civil engineering, supporting the future of engineering skills of the highest calibre.

This year the awards went to Joseph Sykes, Samuel Newbery and Jack Seddon.

Murphy has been working closely with Leeds University over the past few years and offers placements to its students both on a short-term basis over the summer and on their year out in industry, as part of their degree. The connection also runs deeper, as current COO, John Murphy, who takes over as CEO in January, is an alumnus of the school of civil engineering and Murphy has an office nearby in Cross Green.

Alastair said: “It was a great pleasure to present the Murphy prize that recognises high achievement in engineering and huge congratulations to Joseph, Sam and Jack. Murphy is proud of our association with Leeds University, which is leading the way in first-class engineering, and we hope our relationship is a long and continuing one. I’d like to thank Professor Basheer, the head of the school of civil engineering, and the rest of the university staff for engaging with Murphy and allowing us to support the work of the faculty.

“There’s a lot of great work going on to bring together people from two organisations, who have a shared vision for engineering and especially the development of engineers today and in the future. It’s important that we are recognising excellence in engineering through this prize and we’re happy to support the achievements of these students.”

Professor Basheer said: “We are delighted to be working with Murphy to present this award in recognition of our students’ outstanding performance. Through the partnership, we are also able to offer our civil and structural engineering undergraduates placement and internship opportunities at the company, which will enable them to apply the materials learnt in lectures to real life work situations. From this experience, they gain valuable skills in order to secure a successful career in engineering.”

Alastair Smyth presents Jack Seddon with his award

Alastair Smyth presents Jack Seddon with his award

Alastair Smyth presents Joseph Sykes with his award

Alastair Smyth presents Joseph Sykes with his award

(from left to right) Dr Andrew Sleigh, director of student education at the school of civil engineering, Alastair Smyth, Jack Seddon and Joseph Sykes, and Mike Buller, civil & structural programme manager

(from left to right) Dr Andrew Sleigh, director of student education at the school of civil engineering, Alastair Smyth, Jack Seddon and Joseph Sykes, and Mike Buller, civil & structural programme manager

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