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What's in a name?


In the debate about merging the MICE and AMICE grades, one point seems to have been missed. The Institution's charter allows corporate members (MICE but not AMICE) to describe themselves as chartered civil engineers.

If the two grades are to be merged, will this right be extended to the new MICE (IEng) grade? If so, then the Institution will be allowing non chartered engineers to describe themselves as chartered civil engineers.

This might well be unacceptable to the Privy Council.

Another possibility would be to have two grades of Member, one which would be allowed to use the title chartered civil engineer and one which would not. But this would defeat the object of the exercise which is to have a single membership grade for former MICEs and AMICEs.

The third option would be for the Institution to abandon the title of chartered civil engineer. This would be a great pity.

E J Williams (M), 1 Wilson Grove, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

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