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Big cut planned for review fees

PROFESSIONAL REVIEW fees may be slashed by up to a third, it was announced in a professional development committee meeting last week.

Experience and career appraisal fees may be halved and the Member professional review fees may be reduced by a third.

Direct entry fees may also be cut by more than half. Fees for the experience appraisal and professional review fees for candidates not under agreement were already reduced last year from £250 to £100 and £485 to £375 respectively (NCE 15 July 1999).

The shortfall in revenue to the ICE would be made up by a slight rise in subscriptions.

The new cuts proposed tie in with the concepts behind the communications plan which has recently been released by communications director Alan Smith.

The plan puts forward methods to acquire new members as well as retaining existing members. According to the plan 'one of the greatest negative factors is ignorance or a negative perception among students, teachers and lecturers about the costs and routes to membership' which prohibits the intake of new members and people applying for chartership. The ICE hopes that in slashing professional review fees more candidates will be encouraged to apply.

Chairman of professional development Mark Whitby told NCE: 'It seems a shame that there may be people who would like to join the Institution but can't afford it. We are trying to make it easier for people to join by dealing with all the reasons they haven't joined one by one.

The proposals are an indication of our enthusiasm for people to join.'

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