How absurd. While scientists can just about cope in reality with their departments dissapearing. Why should engineers have to also suffer the embarissment of taking a distinct degree and appearing not to have sufficient interst to form a whole deparment for that degree. In addition I note very few similarities between Aero students and Mech Eng students.
Mr Engineer - try doing science exams! You'll probably find the reverse of what you are insinuating is also true.
Departments moan that they don't physically have enough time in 4 years to teach people enough to compete with American institutes etc. How are common first years or mergers going to help this at all, in fact they will make it worse - all to have a faculty system more like Oxbridge
"[Engineering] is all just maths now anyway". Not quite. For example, an 'applied' maths student studying say, eigenvectors, might focus on the efficient solution of the eigenvector problem, whereas the aeronautics eigenvector student might focus on the real-world validity of the solution. Both are mathematical topics yes, but the maths brain is visualising abstract vectors in generalised space, whereas the aero brain is visualising real-world modes of vibration. Superficially the same, but actually very different.