Awards and Recognitions

Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Awards and Recognitions Group.

The IEEE recognises the exceptional achievements of members and outstanding contributions they make to the IEEE, their community and to the profession.

The Awards and Recognitions Group is here to recognise members who have volunteered their skills and time to plan and organise conferences, author papers, run Chapters and engage other IEEE members into activities.  We also advise on elevation to the Fellow grade, and encourage nominations for IEEE awards and recognitions.

Please contact us if you wish to make suggestions and recommendations regarding active members who deserve to be recognised. We have introduced a new award ‘United Kingdom and Ireland Section Volunteer Recognition Award’, to appreciate members who are particularly active in the Section. Please use the button below to tell us about such dynamic members and we will consider recognising their dedication and contribution.

We intend this to be an annual award and we invite nominations each year to reach us by 15th January in the year in which the award is to be made. We look forward to receiving your recommendations.

Chapter Committee

Prof Jan Sykulski
Prof Jan SykulskiChair

Senior Member

Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply; IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated.

To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

  • Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
  • Have experience reflecting professional maturity
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Members who feel that they qualify for the Senior Membership should refer to the dedicated pages under ‘Membership Development’:

The applicants often require support from the section. We are pleased to offer guidance and limited assistance; please contact the Membership Development Chair at

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. A nominee must:

  • Have accomplishments that have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society
  • Hold IEEE Senior member or IEEE Life Senior member grade
  • Have been a member in good standing and has completed a minimum of five full years (consecutive or not) of IEEE membership in any grade preceding 1 January of the year of elevation.

All details, including the nomination process and requirements, may be found here.

The process is somewhat complicated, especially because candidates cannot apply but must be nominated and several supporters and endorsers are needed. We are pleased to offer informal guidance and help; please contact the Chair on


IEEE awards recognise exceptional contributions to all IEEE fields of interest (technical and nontechnical) made by organisations and individuals regardless of nationality, gender, age, religion, ethnic background, or other personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The IEEE Awards Program is committed to pursuing diversity in all its operations to help realise and maintain fair nomination and selection processes without bias or discrimination.

Details about different awards and nomination processes may be found here.

The Section receives invitations from the IEEE to encourage such nominations and it is our intention to publicise and promote such opportunities. Relevant information will be posted below and updated on a regular basis.

Forthcoming awards and deadlines for nominations:

Technical Field Awards (TFA) 15th January each year.


We offer an annual ‘United Kingdom and Ireland Section Volunteer Recognition Award’. Members of the Section are invited to make nominations by using the button below.

The deadline for submissions each year is 15th January and the results are expected to be announced during section AGM in the spring of that year.

The intention is to recognise the members of the United Kingdom and Ireland Section who volunteered their time and made a significant contribution to the success of the section activities and mainly to the three top priorities:

  1. Getting closer to industry
  2. IEEE Future direction technical initiatives
  3. Humanitarian activities.

IEEE is built on the strength of its members and their volunteer efforts throughout the organization. Most IEEE programs require member involvement to facilitate the planning and execution of projects, events, etc. Volunteering not only benefits IEEE as an organisation but is also one of the key benefits available to members.

As IEEE volunteers, members play a key role in the future of the organisation. From technical and student activities to student outreach, membership development, and history, members can impact their area of expertise. Our Section wishes to recognise the most active members.

It is intended that successful recipients will receive a special plaque and the winners will be announced annually at the AGM. We look forward to receiving nominations!