South East England - education

Adur Ferry bridge at sunset

ICE South East works to inspire the next generation of civil engineers and help young people learn about the profession.

Our members visit schools and careers events in the region to explain what civil engineering is and how it shapes our world, and help them find out about working in the industry. The ICE South East team also provides resources and support for teachers who are organising civil engineering activities, and anyone who would like to promote the profession.

Take a look at the resources we have to help you organise activities and promote civil engineering.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here.

We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

Find out more about how we've been working with organisations across South East England to promote civil engineering to young people.

School and career events

ICE members attended 57 STEM careers events and engaged with more than 3,350 school children in the South East last year.

To celebrate Tomorrow's Engineers Week, ICE members took part in a talk explaining what engineers do at Chalfont Community College, a careers speed networking event at The Downs School and an interactive careers fair at Addington School. Tomorrow's Engineers Week is a campaign organised by industry and the government to raise the profile of engineering and help young people find out about the exciting and rewarding careers the industry has to offer.

ICE South East members also run interactive stands at various events which have included: the Brighton Science Festival, Big Bang Fairs to promote science, technology, engineering and maths, Teen Tech events, the SATRO Festival and the Solent Skills Festival.

ICE members volunteer their time to talk about civil engineering at careers fairs at a number of South East schools which have included: Cherwell School, Royal Grammar School, Little Heath School, Maiden Erlegh, Claverham Community College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Magdalen College School, Edgbarrow School, Ashford School, Aylesford School and Reading Girls School.

Want to get involved?

ICE South East is always looking for more ambassadors, and to visit new schools. If you'd like to become an ambassador, or need help organising an engineering event at your school, then please email [email protected].

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

Reading Station Southwest Interchange

Reading Borough Council has two new public transport interchanges and public squares. They're situated north and south of Reading Station and compliment major improvements that are being made to the station itself.

The project provides new high-quality public spaces and public transport facilities for the growing number of people using the expanded station and surrounding area.

Work has also been completed on Station Hill to the south of Reading Station. A 1937 reinforced concrete podium structure, originally built to raise the road to the same as the tracks, has been partially demolished to create a split level south-west interchange and level access to the refurbished subway that runs under the station.

A new set of public steps now joins the upper and lower levels following significant ground improvement works, utility diversions and a new 5m-deep surface water sewer. A ramp was constructed by Network Rail between interchange levels and 25 new trees were planted.

The upper public square adjoining the new station building, 1980s Station concourse and original Grade II listed station building (now the Three Guineas Pub) has also been transformed. It provides a high-quality public space linking Reading Station with the town centre and nearby development sites.

Facilities to the north of the station provide a new public transport interchange, bus lanes, upgraded pedestrian and cycle routes, and a gateway to the new Network Rail northern station entrance.

Kings Road Arches

The Kings Road Arches on Brighton's seafront were built in 1880. They support the seafront promenade and Kings Road, and are a vital part of the city's seafront infrastructure. The buildings have been unoccupied since 1991 due to their poor and deteriorating condition.

Kings Road arches, Brighton seafront
The arches along Brighton seafront, originally built in 1880

Brighton & Hove City Council wants to transform the arches into a dynamic new artists and artisans 'quarter' on the seafront, as part of a wider programme to revitalise that area of the beach.

With 30,000 vehicles a day using the road, the new design has to be much stronger than the original, to meet current safety regulations. However, it must be contained within the same space as the original structure.

The new arches design will be a major piece of structural civil engineering - effectively a new structural section of road separating the sea and the town. It also represents a significant piece of architecture as it will carefully replicate the previous building’s brickwork.

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the East Midlands that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Opportunities in your region

ICE South East England has strong links with every higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses. Its Graduate and Student Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills. 


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