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I am appalled and deeply disappointed to read the remarks attributed to so eminent a person as the 'head of civil engineering' at Imperial College (NCE last week). What kind of engineers does Mr Nethercot hope to produce with such an attitude?

Having recently retired after 37 years in contracting I am probably biased, but his remarks have all the hallmarks of the office-bound consultant looking down his superior nose at ' those clowns out there with muddy boots'. Is it any wonder that the profession has such a poor image and struggles to recruit- Thank heavens for people like Chris Fry and Andrew Allan.

No engineer should be allowed to become chartered without having had handson, practical experience and responsibility in design, office and site. Without this how can he possibly presume to call himself an engineer?

Shame on you Mr Nethercot.

David Grahame (M) retired.david.

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