GRADUATES AND students called for a bigger role in Institution affairs during the presidential visit to the North West last month.
President Joe Dwyer was urged to build on the enthusiasm of the student body by increasing its involvement in the ICE, and to encourage graduates through their training schemes in line with other professions.
The graduates and students also called for the creation of a publicity conscious Institution through better use of the media.
Dwyer agreed that the public's perception of civil engineers was poor, but said that civil engineers did not come into direct contact with the public and would always find it hard to improve their reputation.
He also stated that the issues raised were long standing problems that could not be achieved in one year of office.
However, he was positive about the fact that the issues would be supported by his successors, and the ICE Council, which is already helping the Institution to become a more 'inclusive organisation'.