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Bulletin No. 53 to all IRSE members
March 2024

Welcome to your March newsletter from the IRSE.

Dear Anshul,

Welcome to this month's e-bulletin. As the closing date for IRSE Council elections fast approaches, I would like to remind all corporate members to check their email for correspondence about how to vote from Mi-Voice, sent on 12th February. All votes must be cast no later than midday (GMT) on 11 March.

Thanks to all eligible members who took the time to complete our questionnaire seeking views on the proposal for the IRSE to apply for a Royal Charter. As a result of the positive feedback wereceived from you, Council gave their approval last month for a vote to be taken on this proposal at our April AGM.

I'm excited to meet with industry colleagues at today's IMechE Rail Division luncheon, which I will be attending with Senior Vice President Jane Power. I'm reminded how valuable events like this can be for connecting and building professional networks and look forward with enthusiasm to our own upcoming Annual Dinner in May.

At this time many of you will be focussed on preparations to sit this month's IRSE exam. I'd like to wish all candidates good luck and offer my thanks to the Younger Members section and volunteers who work so hard to provide preparatory study events and online materials to assist them.

This is also the time of year, ahead of the annual subscription renewal process, to let us know if you wish to change your membership preferences; please scroll down for further details. Please also check that we have your latest contact details.


The March issue of IRSE News is now available online

This month's issue includes the latest news from the Institution and our local sections, including features on automatic train control on the underground and globalisation from a New Zealand perspective - a paper by John Skilton as part of our presidential programme. You can watch John's video presentation on this topic on our Vimeo channel here

Members can click below to read this month's copy online.

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IRSE Annual General Meeting 2024

25 April 2024, London, UK & Online

Please join us for our AGM in London. This will be a hybrid event, in Stratford, London and online via livestream. As physical places are limited, please email events@irse.org if you would like to attend in person.

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IRSE International Convention 2024

26-30 August 2024, Toronto Canada

Booking is now open for the IRSE Convention in August. Booking links, details of the programme and all ticketing options are available on the Convention page of the website

details & booking options

Chair of Licensing Committee / Senior Engineer

We are seeking someone qualified for this essential voluntary position. This role is responsible for overseeing the operation of the safety-critical IRSE Licensing Scheme and ensuring that all systems and processes adhere to industry standards, regulations and best practice.

To find out more, please contact hq@irse.org

Subscription changes and contact details

Change to (or from) e-membership online in 'My Personal Details' or contact us. (Note: e-members do not receive hard copy IRSE News but are able to read the latest edition online by logging into the IRSE website).

Update your details and preferences online - login to the IRSE website and go to My Account (top right), My Personal Details (left menu) or contact us at membership@irse.org or on +44 (0)20 7808 1186.

Following recommendations to Council by the Fees Working Group, there will be a nominal increase to fees in July, reflecting of the increased cost of delivering the services expected by members.

Please also contact us directly if:

  • you have retired recently, as you may be eligible for the concessionary rate
  • you wish to set up a direct debit payment (UK bank accounts only)

Fifth Presidential Lecture

22 March 2024, Brisbane, Australia

Join us for Steve Boshier's fifth presidential lecture, where Richard Mifsud, GM of Engineering at JMD Railtech explores the complexity of managing signalling competency for railway infrastructure across Australia and New Zealand.

For those unable to attend this in-person event, it will be recorded for later publication on the Institution's Vimeo channel.

more info

IET & IRSE Railway Signalling and Control Systems training course 2024

15-17 April 2024, online (part A)
23-25 April, Stevenage, UK (part B)

We are working with the IET to deliver this training course which will have both online and in-person elements and will include a technical visit to London on the last day.

more info

Annual Dinner-booking now open

9 May 2024, London, UK

Bookings for the IRSE Annual Dinner at the fabulous DeVere Grand Connaught rooms in London are now open.

The Annual Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues across our industry.

For bookings or sponsorship, please click below or contact events@irse.org

more info / book


Chartered Status Update

Results from our recent survey showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents believe the time is now right for us to apply for a Royal Charter and, as a result, Council has given approval for a formal vote to be taken on this matter at next month’s AGM. A charter provides formal recognition of the professionalism of our membership and would mark our pre-eminent expertise in global railway signalling, communications and train control. It would position us at the right level in future dealings with governments, other professional organisations and academia across the world. More information and FAQs covering all aspects of a Royal Charter are available on the website and details on how to vote will be sent to those eligible ahead of the AGM.

To find out more, and to keep up-to-date with decisions and changes, please keep an eye on our webpage https://www.irse.org/Get-Involved/Royal-Charter

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