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Plus fours?

Letters

Regarding four year degrees, I support Peter Buckley's opinion (NCE 17 February). A reversion to three years would not undermine the purpose and credibility of the ICE.

This fourth year is ideal for consultants being able to charge higher rates for their time, but for those wishing to work with contractors and in site management it is not relevant to their career.

The masters' degree is recognised in the MEng MICE title. Should a company look for this in an individual, those who decided on the fourth year will be at an advantage.

The ICE does support those with the potential to succeed with chartership with the QUEST scheme, but for the hundreds who do not receive this financial and moral support, how tough can we make the road to success?

The ICE chartership standards were high enough:

This fourth year is a step too far, it should not be compulsory.

John Kelly, 49 Burleigh Road, Enfield, EN6 4QU

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