It seems I am not fully up to date on the situation of single membership being adopted next year. I understand this to mean that incorporated engineers qualifying after 1 January 2001 will be able to use the title MICE, thus removing the title for which they are at present entitled.
In recent publications of NCE we have seen various confusing contributions on this subject, culminating in the letter from Bruce Latimer last week. In this he suggested that only three grades were necessary, referring to his belief that the Royal Institute of British Architects had only one grade.
He suggested that fellows should be eliminated. One of the problems with present day society is the desire to make everyone equal. It will be a very sad day when the fellow status is removed. It is important to have a class to which the ordinary member can strive to join.
Nevertheless, whatever the reasoning, please do not remove the special class of fellow. We should be proud, as an Institution, to have a special class.
John Bell (M), 38 Station Road, Backwell, North Somerset, BS48 3LN