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Scrap ICE's students group says former chair

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A SENIOR member of the ICE's Graduates & Students National Committee this week called for the organisation to be scrapped due to lack of interest.

ICE council member and GSNC member Stephen Larkin made the call, claiming the support of 20 other committee members.

The aim of the committee is to promote views of graduates and students on civil engineering issues to ICE Council and the ICE membership.

Larkin said GSNC meetings were attended by less than half of its 50 members, reducing its debating capacity to almost nil.

He told NCE that the committee had 'lost its way' and was afraid of 'sticking its head above the parapet'.

'At the moment all the GSNC want to do is agree with the president, director general [DG] and Council- With the current leadership, if the DG says jump, they ask 'how high-', ' said Larkin, a past GSNC chair.

He added that important issues such as merger talks with the IMechE had passed it by.

Current GSNC chair Phil Hardy-Bishop disagreed with Larkin.

He said Larkin's comments at the last meeting were met with 'disbelief' by members. He added that he was 'happy with the performance of the committee'.

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