SURREY UNIVERSITY vicechancellor Professor Patrick Dowling was last week put in charge of regulating professional standards in engineering.
Dowling's appointment was announced at an Engineering Council Senate meeting this week, after it approved the transfer of the Engineering Council's Royal Charter to a new regulatory body, the Engineering Council (UK).
The Engineering Council (UK) will operate independently of the Engineering & Technology Board, which will have a broader role in promoting engineering and technology (NCE 11 October). It aims to involve engineering institutions more in regulating the profession.
Dowling, who is a past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers, said: 'The institutions already undertake the work of assessing individuals for registration and education and training programmes for acceptability.
'Their full engagement with the auditing and standards making role of the Engineering Council means public confidence in the professionalism of registered engineers can be assured, while institutions will be able to respond more effectively to changing academic and employment patterns.'
Proposed changes to the charter will be submitted to the Privy Council for approval which is expected by the end of February.
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