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The APS student designer awards

The Association for Project Safety (APS) is delighted to announce its National Student Award for 2019 with a total prize fund of £3,000. This award is intended to encourage continuous improvement and recognise excellence in construction design risk management. 

The award is open to all students studying construction related disciplines including design and health and safety. The award scheme is intended to introduce students to the issues of buildability, maintainability and usability and their responsibilities in terms of construction health and safety risk management.  

The brief

Students should outline how their thought process contributed to the elimination of risks in any one, or all, of the following; construction, maintenance, operation and deconstruction of a structure or site. Where risks cannot be reasonably eliminated, students should consider innovative ways in which the risks can be reduced or managed. Submissions should be based on projects undertaken in the current academic year, 2018 – 2019.

One of the key aims of the CDM 2015 Regulations, is to integrate health and safety into the management of a construction project. The regulations encourage everyone involved to work together to identify hazards and eliminate or reduce them during the design process. Risks that cannot be eliminated or reduced must be managed.  At its core, CDM2015 is intended to protect the health and safety of people working in construction, and others who may be affected by their activities. The CDM2015 Regulations clearly differentiate between the pre-construction phase and the construction phase of a contract. 

With this in mind, in preparing your entry for the APS National Student Award the judges will assess your approach with regards to the CDM2015 Regulations and the Principles of Prevention. 

The prizes

Student Award Winner PRIZE £1000 and £1000 for the institution
Highly Commended PRIZE £500  &  £500 for the Institution


The finalists will be invited to attend the APS National Conference and Awards ceremony. This will be completely free of charge to shortlisted students and tutors (or representative of the academic institution) will also be invited to attend. The conference will take place on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University. The conference and awards are a fantastic networking tool for students to build up their pool of contacts within the industry.

How to enter the APS student designer awards

How to enter 
1) Download the entry form and the briefing notes and criteria

2) Read the the briefing notes and criteria carefully

3) Fill out the entry form and gather together your supporting evidence and any other information you are sending

4 Email it to rebecca.eunson@aps.org.uk by midnight on Friday 10 May.  


We will announce who the finalists are in June

More information

If you would like more information please email rebecca.eunson@aps.org.uk or phone her on 0131 442 6605



Download the entry form
Download the briefing notes and judging criteria