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ICE Council to debate A level maths proposals

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THE ARGUMENT over whether civil engineers need A level maths will be debated by ICE Council in June.

Responding to the strength of member opinion expressed in NCE's survey before Christmas and published earlier this year (NCE 16 January), Council will receive a paper on the issue from council member Annette Dentith.

The views of the membership were in stark contrast to those of the ICE's Joint Board of Moderators, which lifted the requirement for students of civil engineering courses to have A level maths.

Eighty eight percent of readers thought that A level maths was an essential grounding for a civil engineering degree, despite only 22% finding maths 'vital' in their current job.

The ICE's decision to debate A level maths comes at a time when the Engineering Council (UK) is planning a major overhaul of its routes to becoming a chartered engineer (NCE last week).

Its proposal is to remove entry standards completely, leaving the decision of what is required for entry onto a civil engineering degree down to the university itself.

EC (UK) is consulting on its proposal until April, with a view to having the new standards in force by the summer.

The Institute of Maths and its Applications (IMA) is hosting a conference on the mathematical education of engineers at Loughborough University from 2-3 April. The aim is to collectively examine the provision of maths education in the future in the context of competence, effectiveness, quality and relevance. For more information visit www. ima. org. uk

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