BCS welcomes proposed merger of engineering institutions

12th May 2003

A proposed merger between the UK's three largest engineering institutions to create one major body for the engineering profession has been given a warm welcome by BCS; in particular it believes that it would enable the engineering sector to speak with a singular voice and underline BCS's own distinctive role in representing the ICT profession.

BCS President, John Ivinson The brand new organization would merge the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE).

According to BCS President John Ivinson, "All three institutions have shared the vision of providing the professional home for life to their respective memberships. However, engineering is increasingly a multi-disciplinary endeavour and this is particularly true of the many sectors which are common to all three institutions.

"If successful, the merger will provide a central focal point for the engineering profession that will perfectly compliment the role of BCS as the representative body for the IT profession. There is no doubt that rationalisation is required in the professional institution sector as there currently exists a large degree of crossover in terms of professional representation. BCS is currently streamlining its governance and membership regulation to make it a more inclusive of the IT profession at all ages and this will fit in well with the proposed engineering institution merger. The result will be two distinctive voices for the engineering and IT professions."

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