Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship

Sir Ian Dixon was CIOB’s President from 1989 to 1990 and head of Willmott Dixon. He was an enthusiastic supporter of innovation and education within the industry. The scholarship was established in 1997. It is funded and supported by Sir Ian Dixon Legacy, The Chartered Institute of Building and The Worshipful Company of Constructors.

The Sir Ian Dixon scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for companies to develop the potential of their staff through a research programme.

Each successful scholar will be awarded £3,000 to carry out a research project that will benefit the scholar, their company and the industry. The scholars will continue to work full time during the scholarship year. Their company agrees to provide the scholar with a company mentor and also host a final presentation event. The subject of the research could relate to any area of construction management including forms of contract, processes on site, emerging trends or management practices.

Key Dates:

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 September 2016. 

The Application Process:


Adam Golden from Costain. His research "’Eliminating Disputes in Supply Chains"



Felipe Manzatucci from Skanska. His research "Industrialisation in construction - A leading Differentator?"


Anna Baker from Sir Robert McAlpine. Her research "How effective are contract clauses in securing sustainable outcomes?"

Mike Ryder from Sir Robert McAlpine. His research "What is Completion and how can it be Achieved More Effectively?"


Andrea Charlson from Arups. Her research "Designing for the Deconstruction Process"

Pamela Egbochuku from Laing O'Rourke. Her research "Has the adoption of the NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Subcontract achieved satisfaction?"


Zak McElvenny from Sir Robert McAlpine. His research "The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme: What is it and what are the implications for the UK construction industry?"


Claire Woodhouse from Killby & Gayford. Her research "A study into worker engagement with heritage protected construction projects"


Tom Baldwin from Kingerlee. His research "An investigation into the financial and environmental impact of site waste management plans in the UK construction industry"

Steven Sanzone from Laing O'Rourke. His research "The impact of an organisation’s culture upon Musculo-skeletal Disorders within the UK Construction Industry"


Benjamin Potts from Killby & Gayford Ltd. His research "How to effectively implement an EMS & ISO 14001 standard in Medium Sized Building Contractors (specifically at site level)"

Edward Basterfield from Costain. His research "The Post Study training & development of construction graduates"


Gemma Jones from Laing O’Rourke. Her research "Existing/Retained Estate for PFI Healthcare projects vs New Build"

Daphne Denijs from Sir Robert McAlpine. Her research "Comparison of British & Dutch approaches to management behaviour and implementation of H&S on similar construction sites"


Andrew Anderson from Killby & Gayford Ltd. His research "Achieving Customer Satisfaction"

Tom Merry from Taylor Woodrow. His research "How effective is the DQI for Schools at achieving customer satisfaction and does it adequately address sustainability?"


Pippa Trout from Rokbuild Ltd. Her research "Rok and Roll: Challenging the Mind-Set of our Industry"

Tim Smith from Kier Group (Western). His research "Investigating the Merits of Part Time/Day Release Study Compared to Full-Time Education"


Daniel Hardwick from Mace Ltd. His research "The Role of the Modern Construction Manager"

Andrew Jones from Mace Ltd. His research "Management of Strategic Change in the Construction Industry"


Guy Cotton from Galliford Try. His research "Shaping and Building our Future Construction Managers"


Duncan Goodall from HBG Construction. His research "Action Not Words: Taking Real Responsibility for the Environment"


Ben Tanner from Ballast Plc. His research "Best Value"


Simon Trevor from Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. His research "The Underpinning Knowledge Required by Managers in Today's Construction Industry"


Rosemary Buchholz from Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd. Her research "How Information Systems Can Assist in the Management of an Innovation Strategy and Implementation Plan"

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