"This RF award was an incredible surprise, and I am ecstatic to have won. It’s great to know that the time I have spent researching and writing lead me to conclusions that other people may use in the future."

Andrey Miroshnikov, 2019 winner

Radio Frequency Engineering & Communications Competition

Radio Frequency (RF) engineering and communications are an important part of the Electronics sector in the UK; however the decline in numbers of young people taking an interest in radio communications has created a specific skills shortage. Therefore, the UKESF and the (RCF) are organizing a competition to encourage undergraduate interest in RF Engineering.

The Competition

This national competition is open to undergraduates who are completing their major individual project (3rd or 4th year; 4th or 5th year in Scotland) in 2020/21, with a principal focus on RF engineering and communications. Entrants are required to submit to their university contact a summary of their project in the form of either an A1 printable poster or a report (no more than 1,500 words, including any references and footnotes). The summary should include:

  • Aim and objectives relating to RF engineering and communications
  • A circuit diagram (if applicable; projects based on simulations still eligible)
  • Results
  • Impact and outcome in relation to RF engineering and communications
  • Next steps

Entries must be submitted, via your university, to applications@ukesf.org before the end of Summer Term. Each university will then submit their top three entries to the UKESF by mid-August.

The award ceremony for 2021 is planned for 9th December during the TechWorks Awards & Gala Dinner 2021, where the winner and runner-up will be our guests for the evening.


The overall winner will receive £1,000, with one runner-up receiving £500. Winners will be expected to help promote RF Engineering and Communications.


To qualify, entrants must:

  • Be registered at a UKESF partner university on a BEng or MEng degree that contains a substantial amount of Electronics or Electronic Engineering;
  • Qualify as a UK or EU student for tuition fees or be a British National, with a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation;
  • Submit their own work, no pairing or team entries will be accepted.

Any questions, please email applications@ukesf.org.

Past Winners


Winner: UKESF Scholar Matthew Bridges (University of Surrey/SEA)

Runners-up: Tom Moody (University of Southampton/Meggitt) and Jessica Kelly (Loughborough University)


Winner: UKESF Scholar Andrey Miroshnikov (University of Bristol/Dialog Semiconductor)

Runners-up: Edward Lewis (Lancaster University) and Calum Bolland (University of Edinburgh).

L–R: Stew Edmondson, Trevor Gill, Calum, Edward, Andrey, Prof Kevin Morris


Winner: Jonathan Rawlinson (Imperial College London)

Runners-up: Max Landles (Heriot-Watt University) and Scott Dearnaley (Lancaster University)

L–R: Merv Haynes, Scott, Trevor Gill, Jonathan, Andy Nix, Max, Stew Edmondson


Winner: Mihnea Trifan (University of Sheffield)

Runners-up: Samantha Heyes (Loughborough University) and Rob Astill (University of Bath)

The 2017 finalists with Don Beattie and Trevor Gill from the RCF