THE ICE's reserve force of reviewers is being primed into action to cope with a rush of autumn professional review applications before the new review structure is introduced next spring.
Sixty 'inactive' reviewers out of 400 in total will be put on alert to help deal with 700 applications for the autumn reviews. The training and professional review panel agreed that demand could be met but that some review sittings may have to wait until the end of November.
Explaining the 700 applications for spring '99 and 700 for autumn '99 - a 40% increase on the rolling average - professional development director Richard Larcombe said that applicants familiar with the existing system were keen to avoid sitting remodelled reviews.
ICE Council's decision that graduate members should revert to affiliates after 12 years had also contributed to more review applications, said Larcombe.
The ICE was expecting a corresponding dip in applications for spring 2000.