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Blame lies with out of touch universities


The cover of your 22 June issue [Are civils graduates worth £18k? ]accelerated me to pages 14 & 15 faster than the speed of sound! Having read the article I quickly came to the conclusion that our president lives in cloud cuckoo land.

While our professional body continues to remind us of our 'rightful' status it was quite happy to sit back and allow scale fees to be eroded in the interest of 'healthy competition'. The self-destruct button lies at the heart of the Institution.

It is also very obvious that the curriculum of most universities is totally out of touch with the front line consultants.

I recently employed a graduate engineer who expected £14,000pa as a starting salary. Having negotiated 'downward' we settled on £12,000pa. Within three months it was obvious he was less valuable than a technician with four years experience on £10,000/ annum.

However, this dedicated lad accepted a cut of £3,000 because he was desperate to keep the job. Since then he has learned quickly and has regained his starting salary over the last six months.

In conclusion: form much closer links with universities, promote the value of the structural and civil engineers through a national campaign and remove the status of a chartered engineer if he embarks on submitting suicidal fee cutting.

Abbie Massie, Leadside House, 62 Leadside Road, Aberdeen AB25 1TW

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