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Scottish engineers

The question: This week NCE asks: Why has Scotland produced more great engineers than England?

I can only deduce it's the porridge. Or perhaps the Scots education puts greater emphasis on maths, physics and design technology. But we all know who produces the best footballers.

Andy Burton, 28, senior engineer, Croydon.

The ol' sweaties produced so many first class engineers because they had a tough life (compared to those southern softies.) What with plundering the English cattle from o'er the border and a climate that sorts the engineers from the architects, no wonder they produced a nation of winners.

Stuart Hutchings, 44, designer, London It may be because of the education system which does not go in for as much specialisation as early as the English system. A student in Scotland can continue with a broader range of subjects when they get to A level equivalent stage and school and technical subjects do not have to be dropped to allow arts type subjects to be kept on. Also the tradition of technical careers is deeply ingrained in the Scots work attitudes. Namby pamby jobs are given lesser kudos.

Jim Goodbrand, 51, senior project engineer, Surrey Scotland has more challenging terrain and more spread out communities than England. The Scottish nation is used to having to find ways to overcome the terrain so is more resourceful which means they have a head start when it comes to producing high calibre engineers. The English on the other hand live in lower lying areas offering no challenge which means there is no innovation and development - the essence of engineering. As for the Welsh, they've just directed their resourcefulness downwards.

Sally White, 33, principal civil engineer, Wakefield.

It's so cold up here we had to do something to keep warm.

Alastair McMurtrie, 43, senior engineer, Glasgow We have a great tradition to follow and excellent universities in which to learn of the tradition.

Scott McKenzie, 33, health & safety engineer, Glasgow Diligence and excellent planning are the right ingredients for a successful engineer and the Scots are not short of either. Another key factor is the Scottish education system which is renowned for its excellence. Once one has developed the logical power of one's mind, then engineering will be in one's grasp. For engineering in most cases is an application of logic to ideas conceived by engineers, and the Scottish engineers have that logic.

Dr Hamid Attisha, 54, principal engineer, Manchester.

I don't believe that nationality is a determining factor in producing the best engineers. While the Scots may have produced many of the great engineers of the present, past and future, so have the English, along with many other nationalities.

Helen Bradley, 33, principal engineer, Glasgow Central Scotland Roads Accident Investigation Unit members have put their heads together and decided that it might be because of John Knox's determination that every parish in Scotland should have its own school, and because there was less intellectual snobbery in connection with education outside the classical field.

Andrew Fraser, 49, senior engineer, Stirling (with assistance from Michael Elliott and Jillian Booth) It's something they put in the water!

John Rastall, 51, senior infrastructure engineer, London.

It's all down to productivity, the Scots lose less days to hangovers because of their development of the only proven cure - Irn-Bru !

Gordon Cordner, 27, project engineer, Warrington.

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