- The "improvements in the quality of students" he mentions can only mean higher A-level results - the only criterion that the RICS has changed. They have restricted severely any non-standard entry. Research continually tells us that higher A-level results do not mean better quality students.
- It remains to be seen how many of the new entrants join the RICS – engineering graduates are as likely to be seduced by other employment opportunities. The test of the RICS policy will be in some years, at APC entry [RICS' Assessment of Professional Competence].
- At my institution, the students on the non-accredited course are producing the best results across the whole programme – they are a range of mature, non-standard-entry and lower A level-point students not wanted by the RICS.
- The Building Surveying entry numbers have dropped, not risen – a sector that in the past has attracted a number of mature and non-standard-entry students. Yet employers have been consistently wooing our students, so the quality would seem to be there.
I am afraid that the president's views confirm the RICS as a white, male, elitist club – just what I thought we were trying to move away from.
Pat Turrell, School of Environment and Development, Sheffield Hallam University, via email.