I don't believe that scrapping the examination fee will change anything apart from increasing the already high subscriptions. Practising engineers with 10 or more years' experience generally find their CV is a far better career passport than having MICE after their name. To compound it, someone in this position simply doesn't have the time to go through the long process of persuading the Institution of what anyone of importance to them knows already.
Rachel Monteith (M), Heath Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 1DJ
Leave retired members alone
As a recently retired member, I was dismayed to read the proposal from an ICE Vice President that, in effect, retired members should be made to pay graduates' examination fees (NCE 13 January).
I doubt that any serious graduate will delay applying for membership because of examination fees, especially as it appears from the Vice President's 'Comment' in the same issue of NCE that 'For young 30-year olds, average salaries now match those of accountants... etc' and as chartered engineers they can look forward to average salaries of £44,000 a year.
Retired members have given many years of service for lower pay and with lower living standards than today's graduates. So why target retired members, most of whom are on fixed incomes? The Vice President is quoted on the same page of NCE as asking 'Does the Institution really want me?' If this is an example typical of his future policies, I leave you to guess what I think.
Roy Thurgood (M)