Frank Morton Sports Day

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The Frank Morton Sports Day (abbreviated to FM) is an annual sporting competition between the students of chemical engineering departments from UK and Irish universities. The event is held on one of the campuses of one of the competing universities, normally in the second week of February, when there is less academic pressure on students. In 2009, for the first time, the event was held in Singapore as well as the UK.[1]

History[edit]

The event is named after Frank Morton, a prominent professor of Chemical Engineering, who taught at Birmingham University until 1956, when he switched to teaching at UMIST (now University of Manchester). His love for sport and connections at both universities led him to organise the first of these sports days. The competition began in 1961 as a football match between the two departments,[2] but by the 1980s, the event had grown to include many more universities and sports. In 2015, 29 Universities competed in 19 events,[3]

Previous Winners:

Year Winner Host Reference
2019 University of Birmingham University of Sheffield [4]
2018 University of Birmingham University of Leeds [4]
2017 University of Birmingham Loughborough University [4]
2016 University of Birmingham University of Manchester [4]
2015 University of Birmingham University of Birmingham [4]
2014 University of Strathclyde University of Strathclyde
2013 Imperial College London University of Newcastle
2012 University of Birmingham University of Swansea
2011 University of Birmingham University of Nottingham
2010 University of Birmingham University of Birmingham
2009 University of Manchester University of Newcastle [1]
2008 Imperial College London University of Leeds [5]
2007 Imperial College London University of Manchester [6]
2006 University of Manchester University of Birmingham [7]
2005 Imperial College London University of Newcastle [8]
2004 Loughborough University Loughborough University [9]
2003 University of Sheffield University of Sheffield
2002 Imperial College London UMIST [10]
2001 Imperial College London University of Leeds [11]
2000 Imperial College London University of Bath
1999 Loughborough University University of Nottingham
1998 Loughborough University University of Sheffield
1997 University of Newcastle University of Newcastle
1996 University of Birmingham University of Birmingham
1995 Loughborough University Loughborough University
1994 Loughborough University University of Surrey
1993 University of Birmingham Bradford University
1992 Loughborough University Loughborough University
1991 University of Birmingham UMIST
1990 University of Birmingham University of Birmingham/Aston University
1989 University of Birmingham University of Nottingham
1988 Loughborough University Teesside Polytechnic
1987 University of Birmingham University of Newcastle
1986 University of Nottingham Southbank Polytechnic
1985 Birmingham/Nottingham Newcastle University
Wins University Last Won
16 Birmingham 2019
7 Loughborough 2004
7 Imperial College London 2013
2 Manchester 2009
2 University of Nottingham 1986
1 Newcastle University 1997
1 University of Strathclyde 2014
1 University of Bath 2000
1 Sheffield 2003

Frank Morton Birmingham 2015[edit]

The 2015 event was attended by around 2700 chemical engineering students from 29 UK and Irish universities. The event took take place at the Barclaycard Arena, with students and companies to participating in 19 different sporting events located in venues around Birmingham.[12]

Frank Morton Newcastle 2013[edit]

The event was hosted by Newcastle University on Tuesday 12 February and saw the scale of the event increase dramatically. The event took place in the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, and was the first time the event has ever been held in a commercial venue. Over 2000 chemical engineering students from 24 UK and Irish universities participated in 15 different tournaments across the city.[13]

With 22 organisations financially supporting the event, £60000 was raised. The event was partnered with ABB with sponsorship from GSK, Royal Navy, Phillips 66, Exxon Mobil and support from Bechtel, Johnson Matthey, Croda, KBR, Davy Process Technology, Gradcracker, Valero and Ineos.[14]

Previous Events[edit]

In 2012, the event took place at Swansea University, 21 February 2012 and included a number of new events such as Laser Tag and Bowling. The 2012 event was won by Birmingham[15]

In 2011, the event took place on 22 February at the University of Nottingham and was won by the University of Birmingham.[16]

In 2010, the event was hosted, and won, by the University of Birmingham on 18 February.[17] It involved 1547 students from 20 universities.[18] The Asia-Pacific Frank Morton Sports Day in October 2010 was hosted by the Universiti Technologi Mara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[18]

In 2009, Frank Morton Sports Day was held in Singapore as well as the UK for the first time.[1] In the UK, Newcastle University hosted the event.[19] Overall winners were the University of Manchester, with Strathclyde second and Birmingham Third.[1][20] The National University of Singapore hosted the Singapore event on 21 February 2009. Overall winners were Universiti Teknologi MARA with University of Nottingham (Malaysia) second and National University of Singapore third.[1]

In 2008 the event took place on 19 February at the University of Leeds. 1300 students from 17 universities and several company teams took part. Imperial College London successfully defended their title as overall winners, with Birmingham University second and Strathclyde University third. The champion company team was that from Bechtel.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The Chemical Engineer April 2009 page 53 Frank Morton Sports in Newcastle and Singapore
  2. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 838 (April) page 59
  3. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 850 (April 2012) page 70
  4. ^ a b c d e "A fourth win in a row for Birmingham at Frank Morton 2018". ichemeblog.org. Institution of Chemical Engineers. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b The Chemical Engineer issue 802 (April 2008) page 60
  6. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 790 (April 2007) page 68
  7. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 777 (March 2006) page 52
  8. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 765 (March 2005) page 56
  9. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 754 (April 2004) page 21
  10. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 729 (March 2002) page 24
  11. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 718 (April 2001) page 19
  12. ^ The Chemical Engineer March 2015 p50 "Morton in the Midlands"
  13. ^ The Chemical Engineer issue 861 (March 2013) pages 52-3
  14. ^ "Frank Morton Sports Day Newcastle 2013". Frank Morton Newcastle. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  15. ^ The Waterfront 28 November 2011 "Engineering Society to host Frank Morton Sports Day"
  16. ^ www.icheme.org Events: Frank Morton Sports Day 2011.
  17. ^ The Chemical Engineer (December 2009-January 2010) page 52
  18. ^ a b The Chemical Engineer issue 825 (March 2010) page 60
  19. ^ Newcastle University Frank Morton 2009
  20. ^ www.youtube.com Frank Morton 2009 awards ceremony