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The Working Party on Quality Assurance has now submitted its report to the Engineering Committee-the following is a summary of its deliberations and recommendations. We make no apologies, however, for the fact that much of what follows has already been stated in various meetings and open discussions within the Institution and many of its Branches. Professor W.D. Biggs
The Chairman: Before we have the first question, let me say that I am fascinated by this paper because, by any standard, this building must be regarded as one of historical interest so far as concrete structures are concerned. What has been done here is to save an important reinforced concrete building, a building that comes from the early beginnings of reinforced concrete in this country. There are examples of ‘Khan’ bar reinforcement in the Museum of Concrete in Amberley. Those who are interested should, when in that part of the world, take advantage of visiting the museum.
As I read Professor Horne’s paper I too had a very strong feeling of deja vu but for an entirely different reason from that in the penultimate paragraph of the paper. I was educated through school and university in Glasgow and spent the first l1 years of my professional career there. I have spent the last 10 years in the Far East and in the Midlands of England where schooling and university entrance requirements have followed the A-level system. I have, therefore, been in a good position to compare the Scottish system of Highers combined with a 4-year university course and the English system of A levels combined with a 3-year university course. My conclusions, which are in no way nationalistic, are that the Scottish system provides a better balanced engineering education and seems to be similar to the ‘Access in engineering’ scheme referred to in Professor Horne’s paper. Robert McKittrick