Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Award


The Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Award is offered to the female, undergraduate student who demonstrates engineering excellence in their BEng year (SCQF level 9) of study on any of the BEng (Hons) Scheme programmes: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering or Energy Engineering.  

Sidney Black (1927 – 2018), the son of Polish and Russian immigrants, left a heavily bombed Liverpool to train, at HMS Collingwood, as one of the first ever Petty Officer Radio Mechanics.  He served in this capacity on HMS Norfolk, the Royal Navy’s flagship in the Indian Ocean, before returning to a career as Test Engineer, for Pye’s new black and white television studio equipment.  This was followed by a role as Vision Engineer with the nascent ABC Television studios, and then as Electronics Engineer for Marconi, maintaining the Canadian Arctic Military Listening stations.   From 1960 to 1980, Sidney worked for the Department of Overseas Development as a Radio Installation Engineer, installing radio stations across Africa, before returning to the UK where he worked as an Electronics Technician until the age of 91.  

Throughout his life, he was driven by his passion for engineering, so this £500 annual award is given in Sidney Black’s name to inspire new female engineers to achieve their full potential, to allow their career dreams to take them wherever they desire.

Sidney Black in black and white

Sidney Black