2016 AGM

Alan Rodger PresentationThe 2016 AGM was held on Monday 7 Novenber, where the opportunity was taken to present our outgoing Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Alan Rodger with a watercolour of Roseberry Topping, by Geoff Fletcher, our second longest-serving member.




President 2016



Shown here is Adrian Northey of the Institution of Chemical Engineers receiving the President's medal from ourgoing President Dr Paul Shelton.










Senior VP2016






Sarah Kellerman of the Institution of Civil Engineers takes on the role of Senior Vice President  


Junior VP 2016






Peter Buckley of the Institute of Energy takes on the role of Junior Vice President.

President's Award 2016

HopeCain JWJ Award 2016The President's Award (also known as the James Winship Jackson Award) for 2016 was presented to Hope Cain for her work placement project with Greenergy. Shown here is Hope receiving her award from Sarah Kellerman at the CIE Prestigious Lecture. Sarah is currently Junior Vice President.

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student registered in the second year of any approved degree course in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Teesside, having made extraordinary progress in taught study or research.

Lifelong Learning

The Institure is active in supporting a number of schools initiatives, and the following report details activities up to July 2016. Specifically, Greenpower, VEX Robotics & Children Challenging Industry. This is lead bt Leila Elliott. icon Lifelong Learning July 2016

2015 Prestigious Lecture

IMG 9819On 15 December, 2015, the Cleveland Scientific Institution, jointly with the Cleveland Institution of Engineers, hosted a public lecture by Dr Andrew Shovlin, Chief Race Engineer for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team.This event was held at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium of Yarm School, and was attended by over 700 members, dignitaries and visitors. Dr Shovlin spoke on the design and engineering of the Mercedes F1 car. Earlier in the day, Dr Shovlin met with 5th & 6th formers of Conyers School, Yarm, at which he was a pupil. He then went on to read Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University where he gained his PhD. He joined Ross Brawn in achieving the 2009 World Constructors' Championship, and now with Mercedes F1 has been part of winning the 2014 and 2015 Championships. He has supported Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, and now recently Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg in their racing careers.

IMG 9812The opportunity was taken at this event to present the 2015 James Winship Jackson Award to Hannah Benton, studying a part-time degree in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University. Pictured here with Andrew and Dr Paul Shelton, current CSI President.

Further photos are available here: 1 - 2 - 3 - all full size.

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Teesside University SIPS Fund

SIPS FundCSI funding, matched by the Government, has enable eight Teesside University students to undertake invaluable laboratory experience investigating parameters for the extraction of illicit drugs from wastewater under the supervision of Dr Gillian Taylor and Northumbria Water. Solid phase extraction techniques have been optimised towards cocaine and cocaine metabolites from wastewater and then detection using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. Students have gained knowledge of changing chemical parameters to increase SPE efficiency, investigated factors towards optimum chromatographic conditions and more importantly gained confidence in laboratory skills which are essential for future employment.

CSI Sponsors Greenpower NE Regional Heat at Croft

DSC 0309ec-sThe CSI along with Cummins were Associate Platinum Event Sponsors with the IMechE being the organising committee support engineers.

These events are organised in order to encourage pupils to consider STEM careers.

For most of the day the weather was OK and started with a morning Goblin junior event incorporating 15 cars. The main senior event (11-16 years)  for the IET Formula 24 distance race was the afternoon endurance race which lasted for some for 4 hours and involved 35 cars.

Attendance complete with snack bars etc. and a buffet for sponsors was very good and the CSI banner was on display adjacent to the IMechE etc. All entries were from schools around and beyond the Cleveland area.

The schools and pupils taking part were full of enthusiasm and the day included assembly exercises for students as well as presentations and various lectures from the Greenpower team.

There was a wide range of various builds and designs of cars all incorporating different features . Sub frames were made from various materials including wood,DSC 0207e-s aluminium, mild steel etc. in order to keep the weight down. The only mandatory common features are the batteries and motor which are specified by Greenpower. F24 denotes two 12v batteries and for the endurance race you have 3 sets of batteries and up to 3 drivers which are changed in pit stops.  

Kits for building the cars start at around £2700 but schools have great difficulty in raising such funds and I spent a lot of time going round and talking to various schools and students as well as the Greenpower team.

Lap times and status were recorded and displayed on lap tops throughout the event. Quite professional. Pit stops, repairs, battery and driver changes were so interesting to watch. Fancy keeping a car running round a race track for 4 hours !!!

Health and Safety was a priority as these car travel round the track at speeds up to 30mph. There were quite a few adult stewards around organising pit stops etc.


The CSI sponsored Longfield Academy, Queen Elizabeth College and Richmond Schools on the day. Queen Elizabeth was in the 24+ category for the over 16's and the others were in the F24 category. Longfield had 2 cars and one of them came second in the kit car category, they were 7th overall in the second race. Richmond won the IET Engineering Prize for the best engineering of the day and they also had the second fastest lap speed overall. At the end of the event at around 5pm the winners were announced.

DSC 0180e-sThree will go forward to the National Finals at Goodwood.


For more information on the Greenpower North East Regional Heat and the National Finals Event please look at the Greenpower Education Trust Website. It is very comprehensive.DSC 0408e-s

Current Funded Activities

Prizes and Awards

The James Winship Jackson and Alfred Clayton-Hill awards are presented annually.

Scholarships & Prizes

Bursaries to support selected Science & Engineering students of Teesside University.

A recent donation of £24,000, worth £48,000 to the School of Science & Engineering will go towards:
• short industrial placements for undergraduate students from the school in local engineering companies
• scholarships
• continuing to award a range of academic prizes at the University’s annual graduation ceremonies in November.

Read the full story here. These will all start to take effect in the academic year, beginning September 2011. The CSI has also donated prizes to the School of Science & Engineering at Teesside’s graduation ceremonies for the last 18 years.

Meeting Room Hire

Member organisations of the CSI enjoy free room hire at The University of Teesside for up to 10 meetings per year. This will be reviewed annually, based on cost and usage.

Educational Grants

Small grants towards projects to raise the profile of science in the local community are available on a part-funded basis, as budget permits.

Please download thisicon Application for Funding (95 kB) form and when completed, send to:

Julie Shelton
School of Science & Engineering
Teesside University
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- for consideration at our next Council Meeting.

Funding for the above is provided from investment income. Please download our investment policy for more details. icon Investment Policy (57.3 kB)