Correction to the article ‘UCC bids to reverse loss of degree’s accreditation’ published in the Iris

Correction to the article ‘UCC bids to reverse loss of degree’s accreditation’ published in the Irish Examiner on Friday 6th November

09 November 2015 at 16:55

Correction to the article ‘UCC bids to reverse loss of degree’s accreditation’ published in the Irish Examiner on Friday 6th November 

As the professional body for engineers, Engineers Ireland is committed to maintaining standards of engineering in Ireland. With respect to education, a key role for the body is that of accrediting third level programmes to ensure Irish engineers are on a par with their peers worldwide through continued monitoring of quality and standards among our reciprocal agreement partners.

In the article ‘UCC bids to reverse loss of degree’s accreditation’ published in the Irish Examiner on Friday 6th November it is stated that “Up to now, UCC chemical engineering graduates were allowed an exemption from the requirement to have a five-year qualification to register with Engineers Ireland.”

However, this is misleading information. To clarify, the UCC degree is accredited by Engineers Ireland in accordance with the guidelines of the International Engineering Alliance and the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). Students graduating from this course are awarded a Bachelor of Engineering not a Master’s degree as incorrectly stated. The programme is not accredited to the level required to attain the chartered engineer title and graduates will require some additional learning.  UCC were not given an exemption, as claimed. The reason for the withdrawal of accreditation by Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is a matter between UCC and IChemE and as such Engineers Ireland cannot comment on that point.

The shortage of lecturers in UCC was raised by the Engineers Ireland accreditation review panel during the most recent visit in 2013. The academic team in UCC are in constant communication with the Registrar of Engineers Ireland on the topic. Like many other universities and Institutes of Technology the reduction in investment over the last number of years is having a detrimental impact on the ability of academic staff to deliver world class engineering education.