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Academic question


I read the article ICE seeks member's views of IMechE merger (NCE 12 May) and I was quite surprised when I read that graduates would not be allowed to vote on any formally proposed merger.

I feel graduates are the foundation of the Institution and such a merger will have the greatest impact on graduates in years to come. Other groups of members may not represent the Institution appropriately, but graduates will strongly influence the ICE in the future.

When it comes to voting for ICE changes, shouldn't the role of graduates be reviewed- I'm sure I'm not the only graduate who would like to vote, even if I can express my opinions in the consultation period!

Jonathan Chew, geotechnical engineer, Arup Geotechnics, 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ UK

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