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Ken Dale Travel Bursary

The Ken Dale Travel Bursary offers young building services engineers the opportunity to experience technical, economic, environmental, social and political conditions in another country and to examine how these factors impact the practice of building services engineering.

The Ken Dale Travel Bursary has been established by CIBSE to commemorate Ken Dale's contribution to the Institution and the building services profession. The Ken Dale Travel Bursary makes awards available of between £1,500 and £4,000 to CIBSE members in the developmental stage of their career who wish to spend three to four weeks outside their own country researching aspects connected to their field of work and which will benefit CIBSE, their employer, their clients and the profession. CIBSE is especially keen to encourage applicants to take up the award for research that articulates with CIBSE's concern for the environment.

The Ken Dale Award for 2022 is now closed. 

We have five finalists for our 2022 competition:


Samuel Shuttleworth, ‘A study into the influence that the NABERS rating scheme has had on Australian buildings, to highlight the benefits of implementing the rating scheme more widely in the UK’

Agha Hassan ‘Futureproof supermarkets: A study to enhance the building performance under future climate change’

Eyob Kibrom ‘Solar Energy and buildings in Eritrea’

Aluwaine Tanaka Manyonga ‘Assessing the impact of using off grid solar powered DC LED lighting systems on improving reliability and access to lighting in Southern Africa’s rural buildings’

Kyle Thirwell ‘An investigation of the commercial, technical and end user experience of existing heat & cooling networks in the Nordics region capturing the lessons learnt in which the UK Data Centre market will look to follow’

2020 Ken Dale Winners - John Smyth & Joey Aoun 

Our 2020 winners are currently in the midst of completing their reports, we look forward to reading their findings in June 2022!

2019 Ken Dale Winner - Ifeanyichukwu Raphael Amajuoyi

Raphael completed a BSc in Architectural Engineering and Design Management in 2013 and an MSc in Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling in 2015. Raphael now works as an Energy & Sustainability Development Consultant for Hurley Palmer Flatt.

Raphael's proposed research on the design of offices in relation to female occupancy caught the judges eyes and took him across the world to Rio de Janeirio, San Franciso and Doha; with research involving over 190 particpants. 

Raphael said “The Ken Dale Travel Bursary has been a great experience all around. It has given me the opportunity to explore a research topic, provide detailed analysis of my case studies and report findings to an unlimited audience through CIBSE. I have taken away key skills that will go on to further assist with developing my career – analytical thinking, networking, presenting. All very much needed in the ever-changing world we live in.”  

You can view Raphael's report on 'A Global Study: Designing for Gender Equality' here

2018 Ken Dale Winner - Lucy Pemble

Lucy is joint-chair of the CIBSE Young Energy Performance Group (YEPG). Previously a Sustainability & Energy Consultant, she has spent the past year completing a scholarship at Swansea University and wrote her report on Demand Management: Photovoltaics, Electric Vehicles and the Strive for Decarbonisation.
Lucy said, “The Ken Dale Bursary has been a wonderful experience which I am grateful to CIBSE for. It’s not every day you get funded to travel the world and research a topic of your choice at this developmental stage of your career. The experience has been a positive one and I have learnt many things beyond the scope of this report. I have been challenged and as a result grown in knowledge and confidence in my practice. I have enjoyed meeting interesting people across the world who contributed to my research and their support has been very encouraging. If as you’re reading this, you are in the developmental stages of your career and have a bright idea to research for CIBSE, I encourage you to apply for this bursary.”

You can view Lucy's report here

2018 Ken Dale Winner - Antoni Sapina Grau

Antoni completed a BSc in Building Engineering/Architectural Technology in 2013 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia & University Iberoamericana of Puebla Valencia. Spain & Puebla. Mexico. In 2014 Antoni moved to London to study for his MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel University. Antoni joined WSP as an engineer in 2014 and has currently been working in the building services industry for three years. Antoni impressed the judges for the Ken Dale award with his presentation for his proposed study on Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Upcoming Climate Challenges.

Antoni said, "Winning the CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary means gaining new perception by visiting new countries, meeting engineers around the world and experiencing new ways of working. It’s a unique opportunity to discover, learn and develop things that are not written in textbooks.  Furthermore, this award will allow me to add my bit to the industry towards designing better buildings." 

You can view Antoni's report here

You can view some great pictures of Antoni's trip on his Instagram account:

2017 Ken Dale Winner - St John Townshend

We are pleased to confirm the winner of the Ken Dale Travel Bursary 2017 as St John Townshend, Graduate Building Performance Engineer for Hydrock Consultants. St John will be investigating air pollution and the built environment: the response to air quality, using building services as a tool for change. His research will take him to India, China, South Korea and Singapore and will be visiting a range of buildings that have excelled in tackling indoor air quality, and that have received outstanding accreditation for their design.

2016 Ken Dale Winner - Elie El Choufani

Elie researched 'Energy reduction in airports'. Elie travelled to Hong Kong, Stavanger, Bergen, Oslo, Galapagos Islands and San Francisco.  You can view Elie's report here