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.
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.
2021 winner: No candidate met the criteria this year.
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.
2021 winner: Kauser Ismailjee.
Kauser is a Project Engineer for the Paddington to Heathrow ETCS project at Network Rail. Her experience spans over ETCS Level 2 and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) GoA2. Kauser is on the IRSE Younger Members committee as part of the international outreach initiative. Previous roles include CCS Engineer at Network Rail producing technical requirements for CCS Systems, and Technical Advisor EIM in Brussels, representing European Rail Infrastructure Managers regarding changes to the TSI in EU-level meetings.
Kauser achieved 87% in her Safety of Railway Signalling and Communications (module 1) and also successfully passed her IRSE Professional Examination in 2020.
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.
2021 winner: Bridget Thomson.
Bridget started with London Underground in 1989 as a Technician Trainee. At the end of the scheme she joined the Signalling Design Office, and has progressed through to managing the department as a Principal Engineering Leader in TfL Engineering. In addition she has been assigned to the role of Head of Signalling and Control and Information for LU Engineering, with the responsibility for a team of Engineers delivering works to different areas os LU.In her career she has worked on projects across every Underground line including several depots, the most notable of these was the Jubilee Line extension, where she was seconded to Westinghouse to assist with the implementation of legacy signalling alterations. She has been the Signalling lead on several major projects and whilst working for Metronet was responsible for the design of the signalling modifications and associated works for the new Wood Lane station on the Hammersmith and City Line to support the multimillion pound Westfield development.
Throughout her time at London Underground and its subsidiaries Bridget's work has allowed her the opportunity to work with many different disciplines and departments across TfL and with a variety of external companies. These have enabled her to gain wide knowledge and understanding of the railway industry and how it operates.
She has led the way promoting best practice in the Design Office in the production of processes, maintenance of standards and use of the IRSE licensing scheme and has been a Licensing Champion and Technical Mentor since 2005.
She has been on the committee for the Signal & Electrical Engineers' Technical Society for 30 years.
She successfully passed four modules of the IRSE exam by 1999 and gained Chartership status in 2014.