Public perception of engineering as a career suitable for the 'less academic' (Letters, NCE 18 March) is an inevitable consequence of the low A Level entry requirements of many engineering degree courses. This is particularly true in civil engineering, and is one of the issues SARTOR is intended to address.
The SARTOR proposals been have publicised and debated extensively in NCE and elsewhere over the last few years and it is incredible that any member of the ICE has only recently become aware of them. The implementation of SARTOR is likely to result in major changes in many university civil engineering departments, yet most academics have come to accept SARTOR in the wider interests of the profession. The comment that training and registration of engineers has been hijacked by academics is unfounded and unfair. Rather than trying to reopen the debate, we should all put our energy into making SARTOR work.
William Powrie (F), 71 Station Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 5AE