Prizes and Awards

Hammermen Awards

In 1960, the Master Court decided to expand the Craft's activities from purely looking after our beneficiaries into education, and instituted "Trades Prizes" for engineering, directed at craft apprentices undertaking day release studies at Further Education Colleges.  Shortly after that, the scheme was expanded to include the engineering departments of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

In the 1990's, the Trades Prizes scheme was remodelled to become known as "Hammermen Awards".  Hammermen Award winners receive a cheque for £250 and a certificate, with the runners-up receiving a cheque for £150.

The winners, are invited to attend an interview for the Prince Philip Prize conducted by members of the Master Court at which they are assessed on their interests and enthusiasms and to present on the work they are currently undertaking or studying.  These are taken very seriously by many candidates, who often arrive for interview with models or drawings of the projects on which they are engaged and over a number of years, the Master Court have been surprised by the quality and enthusiasm of candidates.

The Prince Philip Prize

Around the time of the attendance of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the Craft's Annual Dinner in 1965, permission was granted by His Royal Highness for his name to be used in connection with what has become the premier prize of the Craft, "The Prince Philip Prize".  There are two classifications for this prize covering University and College entrants.

The two winners of the Prince Philip Prize individually receive a trophy which is theirs to keep for one year.  In addition, a miniature is theirs to keep in perpetuity, along with a cheque for £1,500 and a Certificate.   These are normally presented at the Craft's Annual Dinner in November.  The runner-up will receive a prize of £500.

The Scottish Engineering Incorporation of Hammermen Award

This is an annual competition instituted in 1990 in conjunction with Scottish Engineering for young graduate engineers working within the Scottish Manufacturing Industry.  The prize of £1,000 is accompanied by a prestigious trophy which is held for one year.

The candidates submit written details of a technological project with which they have been instrumental in formulating and driving.  The judges visit the finalists at their workplace, usually in April, where the competing engineers make a short presentation.

There are two awards made - the first at the Scottish Engineering Annual Dinner held in May with the second, at the Annual Dinner of the Incorporation of Hammermen held in November.

Further details and application forms for this award can be obtained from:
Susan Andrews, Executive-Lifelong Learning, Scottish Engineering, 106 West Nile Street, Glasgow G2 1QL.

Craftsmanship Award

This is an annual award instituted in 1986 for practising Craftsmen, which aims to recognise, encourage and publicise good practice in innovative engineering within the metal working and engineering industry in the Glasgow area.

The competing candidates must demonstrate a service history within the craft trade; this includes metal working by machine or hand, in any industry or craftwork environment at any level of technology.  This service history will include an exceptional contribution towards the application of craft skills.

There is a prize of £1,000 and a certificate presented to the winner at the Annual Dinner of the Craft held in November.

Sir William Arrol Award

The Craft awards bursaries to students of mechanical engineering at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, on the nomination of the departments concerned.  These are given in the name of Sir William Arrol from funds transferred to the Incorporation in 1997 by the Trustees of the late Sir William Arrol, an engineer whose best remembered achievement is the Forth Rail Bridge.  Similar bursaries in the name of the Incorporation are made to students of Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art.

School Prizes

At schools in Glasgow, individuals choosing metalwork for their Higher and Standard Grade Craft and Design projects, are eligable for prizes awarded for excellence in design and craftsmanship  through the "Schools Craft Competition" organised in conjunction with  the Trades House of Glasgow.  The awards are usually presented in June at a ceremony in the Trades Hall.

Further details and forms for all the above prizes and awards can be obtained by the applicant either at their respective educational establishments or by contacting the Clerk.