GRADUATES ARE being urged to take up their first chance to vote for the Council members who will represent their interests in the ICE's most influential forum.
The list of candidates for liaison members was finalised last week. In the past, the Graduates & Students National Committee decided on appropriate Council members to represent graduates' views. This year, voting papers will be sent out to all graduate members in an attempt to make the process more democratic.
The move is part of a long-term goal of the GSNC to achieve full voting rights for graduate members. GSNC chair Greg Lutton told NCE that the committee wanted as many graduates as possible to vote to demonstrate that young engineers wanted to take an active part in the ICE.
'Graduates make up 20% of ICE membership which amounts to nearly £1.5M subscription money. They also tend to be the most active and dynamic members of the ICE but they currently have no voting rights,' said Lutton.
'I think the ICE should be liasing with the Privy Council in an attempt to change this. However, the Privy Council is very resistant. We need as many graduates as possible to vote for the council liaison members to show that they want to be involved,' added Lutton.
The candidates are John Fisher, John Flower, Peter Hallsworth and David Orr. Their brief is 'to voice the concerns of the GSNC and to vote for its best interests, whenever possible, in Council meetings'. Voting papers will go out to graduate members in April.