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The QJEGH William Dearman Early Career Award

The QJEGH William Dearman Early Career Award is annually presented for the best paper from an engineering geologist or hydrogeologist in the early stages of their career. On submission of their accepted paper nominees must be within ten years (full time equivalent i.e. it does not have to be consecutive years) of the award of their first degree in geoscience or a cognate subject. Those nominated do not have to be Fellows of the Society.

The prize is a free of charge gold open access paper (subject to full peer review) in the journal, for a paper submitted within 2 years of your award, an SP (or EGSP) of your choice and an invitation to join the QJEGH Board as a guest editor for 1 year.

If you wish your paper to be considered for this award, you must email the title of the paper you wish to be considered for to

Previous winners are: 

2020: Zoe Elizabeth Jeffery (Identification, investigation and classification of surface depressions and chalk dissolution features using integrated LiDAR and geophysical methods, with Stephen Penn, David Peter Giles and Linley Hastewell)

2019: G. Preisig (Long-term effects of deep-seated landslides on transportation infrastructures: a case study from the Swiss Jura Mountains)

2018: N. Bhattacharjee (Geological and geotechnical studies around Kaswati dam, Kachchh, India: implications on tectonic stability, rock mass property and water retention capacity; with S. P. Mohanty)

2017: A. Smith (Current and future role of instrumentation and monitoring in the performance of transport infrastructure slopes; with J. A. Smethurst, S. Uhlemann , C. Wooff, J. Chambers, P. Hughes, S. Lenart, H. Saroglou, S. M. Springman, H. Löfroth and D. Hughes) 

2016: R. M. G. Harley (The impact of hydrogeology on the instability of a road cutting through a drumlin in Northern Ireland; with D. A. B. Hughes, G. R. T. Clarke & S. L. Barbour)

2015: C.M. Hirst (The late field life of the East Midlands Petroleum Province; a new geothermal prospect?; with J. G. Gluyas & S. A. Mathias)

2014: S. H. Bricker (Controls on the basin-scale distribution of hydraulic conductivity of superficial deposits: a case study from the Thames Basin, UK; with J. P. Bloomfield)

2013: L. J. Seward (Remoulding of the Mercia Mudstone Group around CFA pile shafts; with S. E. Stallebrass & J. Skipper)

2012: R.L. Terrington (Benefits of a 3D geological model for major tunnelling works: an example from Farringdon, east–central London, UK; with D. T. Aldiss, M. G. Black, D. C. Entwisle & D. P. Page)

2011: A. Jiménez-Madrid (Comparative analysis of intrinsic groundwater vulnerability assessment methods for carbonate aquifers; with F. Carrasco, C. Martínez & J.F. Vernoux)

2010: Stuart A. Dunning (The integration of terrestrial laser scanning and numerical modelling in landslide investigation; with N.J. Rosser & C.I. Massey)

2009: Joseph Quinn (Understanding the recession of the Holderness Coast, east Yorkshire, UK - a new presentation of temporal and spatial patterns; with L Philip & W Murphy)

2008: N. Boylan (Peat slope failure in Ireland; with P. Jennings & M. Long)

2007: J. Walstra (Historical aerial photographs for landslide assessment: two case histories; with N. Dixon & J.H. Chandler) 

2006: D.P. Neuffer (Mechanisms of slope failure in Valles Marineris, Mars; with R.A. Schultz)

2005: N. J. Rosser (Terrestrial laser scanning for monitoring the process of hard rock coastal cliff erosion; with D.N. Petley, M. Lim, S. A. Dunning & R. Allison)

2004: S. Martino (Geological-evolutionary model of a gravity-induced slope deformation in the carbonate central Apennines (Italy); with A. Prestininzi & G. Scarascia Mugnozza)

2003: M. W. Branston (The application of Time-Lapse Microgravity for the Investigation and Monitoring of Subsidence at Northwich, Cheshire; with P. Styles)

2002: P. J. Phipps (Engineering geological constraints studies for highways schemes in the Republic of Ireland: the N6 Kinnegad to Athlone dual carriageway case study) 

2001: A. M. MacDonald (Aquifer properties of the Chalk of England; with D. J. Allen)

2000: R. J. Cullen (South Shore Cliffs, Whitehaven: Geomorphological survey and emergency cliff stabilization work; with A. D. Boggett & N. J. Mapplebeck)

1999: S. Barnes (Karstic groundwater flow characteristics in the Cretaceous Chalk aquifer, Northern Ireland)

1998: S. L. Hobbs (The hydrogeological effect of quarrying karstified limestone: options for prediction and mitigation: with J. Gunn)