The phrase 'lowest common denominator' used in Mr Acton's letter to (NCE 5 October 2000) is typical of the outdated attitude of some members of the Institution, towards the non chartered backbone of the civil engineering industry. It represents a belief that 'one' cannot possibly accept the 'low common' sector into a single grade of membership with the elite.
This appears to be echoed by fellows writing in the same issue, upset at the proposals even though the distinction between CEng and IEng will still exist. They should remember that a broad spectrum of expertise within their individual organisations has enabled them to reach their exalted positions.
The present Council should be commended for its efforts in modernising the membership grades and should not be swayed by a minority who feel that their positions are under threat from such proposals.
William Paton IEng AMICE 1 LocharPlace, Gardenhall, East Kilbride, G75 8BX