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ICE members vote for broader membership

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ICE members have voted overwhelmingly in support of proposals to broaden the Associate Member grade.

In the ballot 82% backed ICE’s proposal and calls from President Sir John Armitt for the Associate Member grade to be made accessible to a wider group of built environment professionals. This will enable the Institution’s membership and knowledge base to better reflect the professional community that delivers civil engineering projects.

Writing for New Civil Engineer in June, Armitt said: “I know just how valuable membership of the Institution is and how much it means to engineers. But there are many other professionals who spend their whole careers contributing to the creation of infrastructure – who may never seek to qualify as engineers – but who nevertheless would value and benefit from a closer relationship with the ICE.

“This of course, would be of mutual benefit to the Institution and its members. We all want to extend our professional networks and seek access to the very widest knowledge pool so we can be the best at what we do.”

Armitt pointed to projects such as Crossrail, Tideway and the Queensferry Crossing which rely not only on the expertise and ingenuity of civil engineers and technicians, but on other professionals including lawyers, planners, architects and project managers.

“By opening our membership, we will increase cross discipline collaboration. We will further deepen our collective pool of knowledge; and in turn we will be more relevant to society and more influential.” he added.

ICE membership director, Seán Harris, welcomed the strong support for the proposal and set out the next steps.

“I am delighted that members have approved these proposals. Subject to approval of the changes by the Privy Council, we now intend to build on the research that was done in advance of the ballot in order to craft a set of compelling offers for individuals working in allied professions so that they are also able to benefit from the Institution’s world-recognised knowledge and thought leadership programmes.”

ICE members have also voted to approve an amendment to the Royal Charter and By-laws to permit the use of the designatory letters GMICE by graduate members. The change, again subject to Privy Council approval, will ensure Graduate Members have comparable benefits to the new “knowledge-pathway” Associate Members.

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