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Big yes vote gives associate members corporate status

VOTES IN favour of all three resolutions put forward in the recent postal ballot of the corporate membership of the Institution have resulted in the granting of corporate status to associate members.

Subject to approval by the Privy Council, associate members will, for the first time, be entitled to vote on all matters relating to the governance of the Institution, including changes to the by-laws.

The result of the ballot held on 24 July resulted in a 71% vote in favour of the resolution to amend the Royal Charter and bylaws. This is in excess of the two-thirds majority required.

The corporate membership also approved the granting of voting rights to technician members and the proposal that two graduate members should be elected to Council as full members by the graduate membership.

The technician member of Council will in future be elected rather than appointed.

These proposed changes are entirely separate from the issue of a single class membership which is still under discussion.

Formal approval from the Privy Council is unlikely to be received before the beginning of next year.

Details of the voting was as follows:

Resolution 1

Associate members to become corporate members, with full voting rights on all Institution matters, and to be eligible for election as vice-president

For 4,917

Against 1,942

Majority in favour 71.55%

Resolution 2

Technician members to have the same voting rights enjoyed by associate members, ie to be able to vote in Council elections and subscription ballots. The technician member of Council to be elected, rather than appointed by Council as at present

For 5,310

Against 1,545

Majority in favour 77.27%

Resolution 3

Two graduate members to be elected as full members of the Council by the graduate membership.

For 5,343

Against 1,512

Majority in favour 77.25%

The amendments are subject to agreement by the Privy Council before any action may be taken to implement the changes.

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