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ITS (UK) and Smart Highways launch student essay competition

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ITS (UK) have announced the opening of its Student and Apprentice Essay Awards 2017, which is being run in partnership with Smart Highways Magazine.

The UK’s association for the promotion of ITS says education in the industry is very important, both to ensure we have a continuous stream of well educated young people entering the ITS sector, and to keep up the learning process for existing professionals.

It says entries are invited from students and apprentices.  The awards, which were launched in 2001, and relaunched in 2015, were set up to encourage interest and participation in the development of ITS technologies.

Entrants should write a 1,500 word essay on the topic of, “How can future applications of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) improve the surface transport system for the user?”

The competition is open to UK resident apprentices, undergraduates and MSc students with submissions endorsed by their employer or institution.  Marks will be awarded for knowledge of new and developing technologies and for innovative ideas, and for good presentation and style.

Awards will be made in two categories; best essay by an apprentice and best essay by an undergraduate or MSc student.

Entries should be in Word format and submitted any time before 30 November 2017, and be endorsed by a tutor, manager or other competent person.  Entries and any questions should be sent to

The winning entry in each category, plus a third essay as chosen by the judges will be printed in the first issue of Smart Highways in 2018.

ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin said, “We are delighted to be working with Smart Highways on this competition. For the winners to be able to say that they have had an article published in such a well-respected and widely-read publication will add even more value to the prize.  It is good to see trade media demonstrate this level of commitment to the ITS experts of the future.”

Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton added, “The Industry is always looking for the next generation of experts and I know this competition helps to encourage people to really think about ITS as a long-term career.  It’s great to be in a position to offer the winners the chance to appear in print, and I know the magazine’s readers will be fascinated to read the essays.”


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