Current GSNC attendance figures of around 20 are approximately half what they were five years ago.
Identifying the reasons for such low and inconsistent attendance and taking suitable corrective action must be a top priority for next year's committee.
If such analysis indicates that graduates and students across the UK are not interested in GSNC or the issues being discussed, then those involved should either consider another agenda or wind the committee up in its current form and try something different.
It may be unrealistic to expect such large attendances today - hence the suggestion to rethink the way GSNC is constituted and operates.
These comments were met with an acceptance that something needs to be done rather than 'disbelief' as stated in your article of 13 October.
GSNC meetings have improved steadily throughout the year but the committee must scrutinise current initiatives critically and constructively and publicise its opinions, whether supportive or not, and debate and vote on topical issues and make the results known.
Incoming GSNC offi cers were elected on such a platform. Graduates and students are the future of this Institution. Without them there will be no ICE. An active and vibrant national body representing the views of graduates and students in the regions is essential.
Stephen Larkin (M) GSNC liaison member of Council stephen. firstname.lastname@example.org