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ICE subs rise

The question

ICE members have voted to increase subscriptions by £27 a year. What do you want to see done with the money?

It would be satisfying to experience a reversal in attitudes towards science and mathematics in particular. Let's give up these ideas that you do not need mathematics to be an engineer, and that as a subject it is too hard so we will just dumb it down. Let's use extra funding to encourage a new generation of mathematicians, scientists, researchers and engineers in our schools, colleges and universities. That includes encouraging capable teachers as well.

Geoff Home, 55, engineering manager, North Yorkshire The best thing the ICE produced in the last year was the State of the Nation report, which gave civil engineers a clear and professional image in society for a couple of days. They can spend my £27 on some more of this, thank you.

Julie Turner, 38, traffic engineer, Whitby For the vast majority of members the subscription does not represent good value for money. The facilities at Great George Street are well removed from where they live and work. Try as the ICE might, it will never fully engage the majority to enable them to get good value. The recent development of online services points the way forward. I would like to see more access to the library in a virtual way. I hope some within the hallowed halls are scanning all the lovely early drawings, documents and books to enable them to be accessed by members (and others for a fee).

Philip Norris, 59, managing director, Tutbury A decent membership card instead of the current tatty bit of plastic would be a start Greg Riddle, 32, site agent, Linlithgow I would like to see an improvement to services for those not within five miles of One Great George Street.

Andy Eggleston, 30, senior engineer, Yorkshire I would like to see the national media reporting on the ICE's views when covering a civil engineering related story. This, to me, would state recognition in society.

Andrew Powell, 41, senior group engineer, Manchester It would be good to see this commitment by the membership matched by a cut in administration costs by the Institution. This would generate yet more resources, all to be invested in works of true benefit to the membership - such as clear and courageous public lobbying to provide leadership on the major political engineering issues of the day. I would also like the ICE to raise the quality of civil engineering professionals and provide a members-only web-based knowledge resource containing all the contents of the ICE library. What I do not want is voguish PR and re-branding initiatives which lead nowhere, other than devaluing our professional status.

Matt Toy, 40, principal engineer, south east How about some flights to London so us far away people can stare in awe at the marbled halls of Great George Street?

Jim Fennell, 37, manager, Belfast What I would like to see is a greater number of better qualified engineers to maintain our position as world leaders and innovators of engineering solutions.

Allan Howlett, principal project manager, London

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