The Association of Civil Engineering Departments (ACED) exists to promote excellence in the teaching of Civil Engineering students and in the activity of Civil Engineering research, to provide a forum for debate about important issues, to initiate enquiries or investigations on matters of concern to the Membership, and to represent the interests of the Membership at the Engineering Professors’ Council, of which it is a Discipline-based community, and other bodies agreed by the committee.

Membership of ACED is open to any department that offers a civil engineering or related degree programme accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators.

We welcome new members so please do contact us.  A nominal Annual Membership fee of £100 is payable to fund ACED-specific activities and resources.

LATEST NEWS: We are delighted to announce the winners of the Dominic Fox Prize competition for a video promoting civil engineering in 2021. First Prize is awarded to Kanaeshvarr Devanand of the University of Warwick and Second Prize to Thena Brooker of Loughborough University. The winning video is available to watch here: and other entries to the competition including those from previous years may be found on Youtube with the tag #acedDominicFoxPrize

The Annual Conference this year is planned (COVID permitting) as an in-person event on Thursday 18th November (all day, including evening dinner) and Friday 19th November (morning, and lunch) on the theme of ‘Civil Engineering – Leading Sustainable Change’. Speakers from industry and academia will inform a debate between the participants over the two days about the nature of the climate emergency that we face and the best ways in which we can prepare our graduates to contribute to its mitigation.

Follow the link Association of Civil Engineering Departments (ACED) Conference 2021 | Anglia Ruskin University for the booking page. There is a discount of 50% full price for a second person from the same institution. There is a recommended hotel for which a discount code will be provided on making a conference booking. Other hotel options are also given. Please distribute this announcement to any colleagues who may be interested.

As a quick reminder, the conference is planned to take place face to face, but if you have difficulties with that in the prevailing COVID environment, please feel free to feed back to us at so that we can do the best we can to design the event for maximum participation.

ACED Conference 2021 agenda and presentation slides.

Unfortunately it has proved not possible to hold a physical ACED Annual Conference this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. In its place, ACED has the pleasure of inviting you to the Moving On from Covid Webinar.  We will discuss and reflect upon the effect of the pandemic on our practice in academia, industry and the institutions.

Tim Ibell will represent the JBM and President-elect of the ICE, Rachel Skinner, will  give us an industry and institutional perspective.  ACED will present our experiences from academia so please bring along examples of good practice and also what hasn’t worked quite so well.

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom. To express interest in joining the event, please email Your email will be acknowledged, your email address will be added to the guest list for the event and you will receive a Zoom calendar invite.

ACED talk Tim Ibell November 2020
ACED Webinar Nov 2020 agenda

The agenda and the slides by Prof Tim Ibell are attached. A recording of a video about Assessment under COVID, for which there was not time to play on the day, is available here

The annual Joint Meeting of ACED, the ICE and IStructE will be held at the IStructE International HQ on 22nd May. Heads of Civil & Structural Engineering Departments and their nominees are invited to the meeting. The Presidents of both Institutions will be present and will update the meeting from their perspectives.

The event is free of charge. The theme of the day is Inclusivity and Diversity in Civil Engineering. Speakers from the education and industry sectors will address this topic. The programme is given below. Registration starts at 9:15am, the event itself at 9:45am and finish by 4:00pm.

ICE-IStructE-ACED Annual Meeting programme 22 May 2019

To register, please click on the link below:

This year’s ACED annual 2-day conference will be hosted by Coventry University at their Simulation Centre. Broad themes planned for the conference are: Teaching sustainability and ethics; project-based learning; alternative effective feedback mechanisms; gaining efficiency in assessment; assessment of individual contributions to group working.

The conference is now open for registration

The conference map is available here to download:

ACED conference map

ACED Programme Nov 2019 ver 2

ACED Annual Conference 2019 Coventry Presentation slides

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s ACED annual 2-day conference, which will be held at the University of Bolton. Topics this year include: Employer engagement, student support, problem-based learning, apprenticeships, JBM accreditation updates, professional body engagement, use of reality capture to engage students.

The University campus is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the main railway station in Bolton.

Hotel Rooms have been set aside for a limited period for conference attendees to book direct at the Holiday Inn, Bolton Centre, using the discount code ‘ACED2018’.

Some rooms have been set aside at a discounted rate, and to request one, it is recommended that you book direct with Reanne Gornall | Reservations Co-ordinator Holiday Inn Bolton | 1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, BL1 2EW
Direct: 01204 879 900 Email:<
quoting “ACED2018” or “University of Bolton”.

Post conference note: The speaker presentations may be downloaded from here (single zip file): ACED 2018 Presentations

ACED 090518 presentation slides

The presentation slides by most speakers may be found at the link above. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the event, in particular all the speakers.

For further information, please contact Carolyn Hill at ICE, or Telephone 020 7665 2274

ACED programme final

2017 ACED Conference – November 2nd to 3rd, Edinburgh

Each year one of the ACED member departments hosts a 2-day conference open to all, whether academic or industrial, involved in developing and delivering JBM accredited degree programmes.  This year, the conference will be hosted by Heriot-Watt University, with the Conference dinner being held under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

Topics this year include sketching, student retention, student engagement, ethics and overseas exchange programmes. There will also be as typically happens, an update from the JBM. The full schedule is attached here: Final Programme ACED Edinburgh 2017

The presentations from the speakers are attached here: ACED Conference Nov 2017 Heriot-Watt University presentations

Tickets are available online for only ÂŁ174.95 at:

The official Conference Hotel is the Courtyard Edinburgh West.  This is a brand-new hotel opening shortly, and it is not yet possible to book rooms for before 13th November although they are expected to become available in the near future. Furthermore, there are a wealth of hotels in Edinburgh, with the nearest to Heriot-Watt (1.4 miles) being the Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel and Premier Inn Edinburgh Park.  Both of these are accessible directly from Edinburgh Airport and the city centre using the Edinburgh Tram – the stop is at the hotels is “Edinburgh Park Station” (next to the railway station).

The ICE/IStructE/ACED joint annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 9 May at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London (47-58 Bastwick Street, EC1V 3PS).  Registration and coffee is between 09:30 and 10:00, for a 10:00 start, and the meeting is scheduled to finish at 16:00
The general themes for the day will be:

The IStructE President, Ian Firth, and the ICE President, Prof Tim Boyd, will each be making a presentation and chairing a session, and there will be a presentation by Nick Russell, Chair of the JBM.
The meeting is sponsored by IStructE, ICE and ACED.  There is no charge to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please click here for further details of the programme and to reserve your space at the event via Eventbrite (

Any queries about the event can be directed to Rebecca Carey, Head of Membership at the Institution of Structural Engineers,

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