The JF Tunnicliffe Medal

This medal is awarded jointly with the Midlands Institute of Mining Engineers (MIME).

Tunicliffe 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 NEIMME or MIME. All engineers, of any engineering discipline, under the age of 35 and who are members of either MIME or NEIMME are eligible to receive the award. The Medal will normally be awarded annually, with only one medal being jointly awarded by NEIMME-MIME per year.

Nominations and Award Process

Entry is open to engineers (in the broadest sense of the word) under the age of 35. Applications from both industry and academia are encouraged. Entrants are expected to be members of NEIMME or MIME which can be arranged as part of the competition entry. Entrants for the award may register their entry by writing to the Hon. Secretary of their respective regional Institute (either NEIMME or MIME – further details below) stating their membership status and talk title. All entrants must be 35 or under at the closing date for entries to the award.

Nominees will then have to present a 20 minutes presentation on their work with an emphasis on the nominee’s independent contribution to any project. This will take place before a joint NEIMME-MIME judging panel, who will decide the final nomination for the award.

To enter please fill out and return the entry form.
Closing date for entries: Friday 12th July 2024

Entries from NEIMME members or from those active in or surrounding areas of Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria, Tees- and Tyne-Side:
Entries from MIME members or from those active in Midlands area:

Further details on the competition and judging process are included in the Competition Outline.


Professor JF Tunnicliffe has been an active member of the Council of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers (MIMinE) for over 50 years and has been a member of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME) 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 and was National President of the The Institution of Mining Engineers (IMinE) 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 JF Tunnicliffe Paper Competition in 1978 to encourage younger more junior members of the 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 NEIMME and MIME have established the JF Tunnicliffe Medal to be awarded to young engineers.

Previous Winners

2021 – Mr James Heslington MNEIMME

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