Menu Close


Log in to personalise your experience and connect with IOP.

Apprentice Award

The IOP Apprentice Award enables the community to recognise and celebrate the skills and experiences of science and engineering apprentices and their contribution to physics. 


With the aim of raising the professional status of apprentices, the IOP Apprentice Award will highlight the diverse role of apprentices in education, research and industry in a broad range of relevant science and engineering sectors.

The winner of the Apprentice Award will receive a prize of £1,000, a trophy and a certificate which will be presented at the IOP annual awards event.


Eligible apprentices work in a diverse range of organisations across the UK and Ireland, for example schools, colleges, universities, research institutions, NHS, defence or industry.

The award will be given to individuals that have been working as apprentices in a technical support role, with a strong basis in physics, for at least one year.

They may be, for example, helping to collect and analyse samples, planning and preparing experiments, recording or presenting data, or building or maintaining infrastructure and laboratory equipment, including software to support research and innovation.

Eligibility criteria

  • the nominee(s) must be an individual or a team employed by an organisation in the UK or Ireland either part- or full-time, on a fixed-term or permanent basis for at least one year
  • nominees, nominators and referees do not need to be members of the IOP
  • nominees, nominators and referees cannot be members of the IOP’s Council or employees of the IOP
  • nominators may be working in the same organisation as the nominee(s)
  • nominators cannot act as referees but referees may be working in the same organisation as the nominee
  • an individual or team cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work
  • nominees should either still be completing their apprenticeship, or have finished their apprenticeship in the 12 months prior to 14 February 2023 

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2023 IOP Awards are now closed. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the awards or your submission. 

Further information will be provided on the 2024 IOP Awards in due course.

Nominators must submit:

  • their details and details of the nominee(s) with details of the working relationship between nominator and nominee(s)
  • a supporting statement comprising a short and long citation that highlights:
    • relevant information about the nominee (including examples of enthusiasm about the subject and their role within it, communication skills, etc.) and their role
    • examples of their achievements, highlighting their skills, expertise, contributions and resultant impact
    • evidence of professionalism (e.g. organisational skills, precision, consistency of approach and competency), and examples of learning and personal development
    • examples of where the nominee has inspired other colleagues, co-workers, students, etc.
  • contact details for two referees and their supporting statements
  • a short biographical statement

Find out about our 2023 winner, Saskia Burke from the National Physical Laboratory

If you have any questions about this award or the category that would be most suited to you, please email [email protected].

Previous winners


Faye Taylor - Science and Technology Facilities Council


Lewis Liston - Leonardo UK


Jamie Mewburn-Crook - National Physical Laboratory