The Benevolent Fund is a specific fund held by the Institution and used to make grants or loans to members in need of support in exceptional circumstances through illness, redundancy or other misfortune. Most commonly this fund is used to assist members in maintaining their professional membership and registration to better support their circumstance. Applications are considered by Council who at their sole discretion will decide on the extent to which the Institution will support the application.
The IED has various types of membership...
Student Membership - StudIED
Student membership is available to anyone aged 18 or over who is studying engineering design, product design or industrial design. Membership is free to those who are studying part time or who are completing an apprenticeship - those who are in employment and studying part time with the Open University are asked to pay a small annual fee to cover the cost of their membership. (Click on 'OU Student member' on the application form). Student members receive all the benefits of membership, including digital copies of the journal, newsletters, and invitations to local events.
Member - MIED
Becoming a member is an important step on your joining our community of technology focused designers. Membership also allows you to show employers your commitment to the profession, giving you the opportunities to progress in your current role or finding your dream job. Application is via the submission of a form plus a copy of a CV and evidence of academic attainment - assessment is by a panel of volunteer members who are trained in peer review. Once you have become a member we will then work with you to help you achieve the most appropriate grade of professional registration for your field of expertise, whether that be in engineering design, product design, CAD or design for the environment.
Affiliate membership is available to all those who have an interest in the work of the IED but who might not necessarily qualify for full Membership (or are not yet ready to complete the application process). Affiliates do not have post-nominals but do have access to a wide range of members benefits including receipt of the IED magazines, access to events and networking.
Fellow - FIED
Our highest grade of membership is for those who have made a big contribution to the profession. Fellows and prospective Fellows are often known and respected in the industry for their expertise and are usually already Member grade within the Institution - although Fellowship can be awarded instead of Membership in exceptional circumstances. IED Fellowship recognises your high level of knowledge, ability and experience, reflecting your status in the industry and how clients, employers and peers view you.
Honorary Fellow - HonFIED
The highest honour the Institution has power to bestow, Honorary Fellows are elected by the Council in acknowledgement of special services rendered to the Institution or to the profession in general. Written nominations for Honorary Fellowship are submitted to Council by individual members for their consideration, defining the nominee’s service to the Institution or the Profession, supported by two other members of the Institution.