GRADUATE MEMBERSHIP of the Institution is declining by almost double the overall rate, Council heard last month, prompting calls for a new 'GradICE' designation.
The ICE executive board will examine the proposal, which Council suggested would give student members the incentive to upgrade on graduation and maintain membership while training for chartered status.
The call for GradICE came as Council considered a detailed analysis of membership trends which confirmed that graduate membership fell 9% in 2001, compared to 4.7% overall. The number of technician members also declined dramatically - down 8.9%.
Over the same period, graduate and technician subscriptions have risen by 4.8% and 17.7% respectively.
'There is a direct link between subscriptions rising and members falling, ' said Council graduate member, Brian Pope.
'It is a simple question of value for money. As far as many graduates are concerned, they get little else from their Institution other than their NCE. The subscription should reflect that.'