Whatever the procedural rights and wrongs of the decision to grant MICE status to incorporated engineers, let us not in the heat of debate forget the civil engineering industry.
In comparison to many of our continental rivals, the performance of UK civil engineering has suffered from a lack of experienced engineers at incorporated level. Granting of MICE status can do much to encourage more good people to take up this role.
For far too long the contribution of those of less than chartered status has suffered from lack of recognition. Their role is as indispensable to successful projects as that of chartered engineers.
The danger of the present debate is that it will deter candidates from seeking to become incorporated engineers because the fuss being created suggests they may not be welcome as members.
Whether Council and its officers have followed correct procedures or not, it should now be put aside in the interest of encouraging more incorporated members and thus improving the industry.
Ernest Irwin (F) firstname.lastname@example.org