The John F Tunnicliffe Medal
The John F Tunnicliffe Medal is awarded on the basis of work of outstanding quality by a young engineer, as recognised by an employer, HEI or by Midland Institute of Mining Engineers (MIMinE) or North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME). All engineers, of any engineering discipline, under the age of 35 and who are members of either MIMinE or NEIMME are eligible to receive the award. The medal will normally be awarded annually, with only one medal being jointly awarded by MIMinE-NEIMME per year.
Nominations and Award Process
Prospective nominees for the award may register their entry by writing to the Honorary Secretary of their respective Regional Institute (either MIMinE or NEIMME) stating their membership status and talk title. All nominees must b 35 or under at the closing date for entries to the award.
Nominees will then have to present a 20-minute presentation on their work with an emphasis on the nominee's independent contribution to any project. This will take place before a joint MIMinE/NEIMME judging panel, who will decide the final nomination for the award.
Entries via MIMinE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries via NEIMME: email@example.com
Further details on the competition and judging process are included in the Competition Outline.
Professor John F Tunnicliffe (JFT) has been an active member of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers for over 50 years and has been a member of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers for over 30 years. During this time, he has been heavily involved in both local and national mining institutes holding the positions in the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers of Honorary Secretary, President and Honorary Treasurer and was National President of The Institution of Mining Engineers (IMinE) between 1987-1988. After leaving the mining industry after holding several senior positions, he became a Professor and head of the mining departments at Newcastle and Leeds Universities, bringing his practical experiences to a great many students during that time.
He has taken a great interest in the development of young engineers both academically and industrially. John chaired the Royal Academy of Engineering Headstart Board from 1995 to 2013, overseeing a five-day course for Year 12 or equivalent students who were interested in knowing more about science, engineering and technology. He initiated the J F Tunnicliffe Paper Competition in 1978 to encourage younger, more junior members of MIMinE to become more confident in public speaking and presentations, both at work and in the wider environment.
Due to JFT's outstanding contribution both nationally and locally in institute affairs, his promotion of the mining industry and the development of younger engineers, the Trustees of MIMinE and NEIMME have established the J F Tunnicliffe Medal to be awarded to young engineers.
The Peake Medal
It was reported in the transactions of the Institute of Mining Engineers that at a general meeting of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers held on 25 January 1917 at University House Leeds, Mr George Herbert Peake of Bawtry Hall, Bawtry had very generously donated £1,000.00 to be devoted to the interests of mining and applied as the Council of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers thought fit.
After consultation with Mr Peake as to his wishes, the Council decided that a medal be struck and this to be called the “Peake Medal”. At the meeting, it was decided that the medal was to be presented from time to time to any member of the Institution who, in the opinion of the Council, had carried out work or research of value to mining. It was particularly desired that the medal should be presented only for work of real value that is to members who have rendered conspicuous services to the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers. This is recognised as the highest award a member can receive.
The Thomas W Adam Medal
The Thomas W Adam medal was inaugurated to commemorate the occasion of the centenary of the Institute in 1957 and named after the long serving Secretary, Thomas Adam, who was Secretary of the Midland Institute for 34 years, from 1919 to 1953.
The Thos W Adam Medal shall be awarded from time to time for long and meritorious service in the furtherance of the objects and enhancement of the prestige of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers.
The Noel E Webster Medal
The Noel E Webster medal was introduced in 1979 to be awarded on an annual basis for what was in the opinion of the Council the best paper presented to the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers at any General or Branch meeting during the previous year.
Major Webster had a long and distinguished career. After service in 1914-1918 war, he became a Colliery Manager, later setting up his own company involved mainly in strata control and subsidence, and also developing wide interests in general industry. During his period as Treasurer of the Midland Institute, the Institute’s finances were put on a very sound basis.
He freely imparted, energy, enthusiasm and zest for life to all he met.
O H Schmill Medal
The award originated in 1999 through the generosity of Mr Henry Schmill. It is in the form of a double-sided medal suitably inscribed.
Henry was born in Germany but his association with the UK mining and construction industries lasted for nearly 50 years. In 1970, he founded Amalgamated Construction Ltd, which later became AMCO Corp plc.
Throughout his years in the UK, Henry played a significant part in supporting what is now the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers. He was awarded the Thomas Adam Medal in 1993 and the Peake Medal in 2001, both of which relate to the conspicuous service rendered to the Institute.
The O H Schmill Medal shall be awarded from time to time at the discretion of the Council of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, as recommended by its Finance and Awards Committee (or any successor Committee). The medal shall be awarded to any person whether or not a member of the Institution who in the opinion of Council has made a significant and worthy contribution to the affairs of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers.
THE PEAKE TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP
A Trust Deed was made on 21 March 1930 between Mr George Herbert Peake and the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers to establish the Peake Fund and set out conditions for a Travelling Scholarship and other awards.
A Supplementary Deed was made on 8 November 1963, by the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers in which an additional £1,000.00 was donated from its general funds. A further donation of £2,000.00 was made by the family of Major George Herbert Peake in the late 1970’s.
Although the Peake Fund enjoyed charitable status as part of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, on 13 January 2005 the fund was registered with the Charity Commission as “The Peake Travelling Scholarship” and given the registered charity number 1177100.
Since 1995 almost £19,000.00 has been distributed to members of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers in the form of scholarships or additional awards in line with the Trust Deed.
THE NOEL WEBSTER TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP
A Travelling Prize was established by the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and was awarded by the Institute from time to time. This prize was called the Noel Webster Travelling Prize in recognition of Major Webster’s contribution to the Institute and the junior section in particular. Major Noel Edwin Webster, OBE, MC subsequently made a generous gift to establish a permanent endowment in response to which the Council of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers applied a similar sum of money to establish the fund. A Trust Deed dated 7 November 1963 between Major Webster and the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers was drawn up and the Noel Webster Travelling Prize Fund was established.
Although the Noel Webster Travelling Prize Fund enjoyed charitable statues as part of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, on the 14 January 2005 the fund was registered with the Charity Commission as “Noel Webster Travelling Prize” and given the registered charity number 1177100.
Since 1995 in excess of £37,000.00 has been distributed to members of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers in the form of Scholarships or Additional awards in line with the Trust Deed.
THE AMCO BURSARY FUND
The AMCO Bursary is constituted by Declaration of Trust dated 11 November 1999 as amended by Supplemental Deed dated 30 March 2000 and is a registered charity No 1177100.