A single class of member - and not before time. To the Graduates & Students National Committee the issue seems straightforward. Either the ICE is a forward looking professional body capable of adapting its structures to meet the needs of a changing marketplace, or it is not.
The Institution and its members should now swiftly embrace the philosophy and policy of single class of member and implement Council's decision. If not, our future as an Institution, attracting and retaining high quality engineers from within the built environment sector, must be in doubt.
In a changing, competitive environment the ability to adapt at the optimum time is the key to survival. To maintain an increasingly irrelevant division within our Institution would cause great damage to our profession. Such damage would, in the opinion of the GSNC, lead to a decline in the Institution's relevance and status and not easily be forgiven by our future members.
Personally, as a recently chartered engineer, I do not feel threatened or demeaned by the prospect of working alongside an incorporated civil engineer using the designation MICE by virtue of academic and professional achievement. On the contrary, I look forward to having the full enthusiasm and talents of such individuals harnessed for the benefit of our profession. 'Steady as she goes' will no longer do.
Greg Lutton CEng MICE, chairman, Graduates & Students National Committee email@example.com