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Name game

Tom Foulkes' rebuttal in NCE (NCE 24 January) entitled 'Statistically correct' reminded me of Mark Twain's famous quotation, 'There are lies, damn lies and statistics'.

Unfortunately, the definition of "graduate" is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a person who has a university or college degree".

To a major international consultancy, a graduate engineer with over two years, post graduation experience is no longer graded as such. I welcome the ICE's moves to "look at recent graduate remuneration", as part of the 2007 salary survey.

However, I feel that until the Institution aligns its membership grade descriptions with industry then statistics derived from the salary survey will continue to be inaccurate.

KEVIN CHESWORTH, k_chesworth@sky.com

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