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Promoting the profession ‘Viewpoint’ in The Structural Engineer for 4 December presented us with the thoughts of the current Chairman of the Scottish Branch, Mr M. J. Murray, on the familiar theme of how we may seek to enhance the status of the profession. Mr Murray advocates the enhancement of the academic requirement to a ‘new style 5-year honours degree’ (by implication, with reference to the present Scottish system of degrees), with the accompanying production of a better remunerated ‘elite brand of honours graduates, engineers who can combine technical excellence with qualities of leadership and worldliness which will generate respect.’ Mr G. C. Peattie of Bristol comments on Mr Murray’s proposals: While I am in general agreement with the views of Mr Murray, I feel there are two areas where he ignores a major problem, i.e. the lack of money. Verulam