Accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences

The University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies received welcome news this week from the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) regarding its recent accreditation of the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Sustainability degree programme which is delivered at the University’s Dumfries campus.

The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) states that a programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector.

Following a lengthy application and review process, Dr Bethan Wood, Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in Dumfries was delighted to receive the news and to report on the benefits this brings to the programme and students.  She said: “The benefits of this accreditation for the programme include: quality assurance through expert input into the degree content; a benchmark to potential students and employers that the programme’s teaching, learning and research is aligned with high quality professional development; and the chance for staff to influence debate, dissemination and promotion of the subject.”

She added: “In addition, our students can apply for student membership and use StMIEnvSc after graduation, they qualify for associate membership which is the first step towards Chartered Status (Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist) and they are given preferential opportunities for internship placements.”

Dr Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries was first to congratulate Dr Wood for taking the lead role in the application process and to the rest of the team for their commitment to the programme. Dr Hill said: “Well done to everyone involved. This is a fantastic achievement for the team and this formal accreditation acknowledges the quality of the programme, our strong links with industry and of course the benefits of combining theory and practice-based learning. The accreditation is a true testament to the hard work and high standards of my colleagues in Dumfries and even better news that it offers additional benefits to our students and graduates.”

A limited number of places are still available on the newly accredited BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Sustainability degree programme in Dumfries from September. Anyone interested may also wish to consider starting their studies on the free Summer School programme which runs from 11th July to 22nd August on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  For more information on the degree programme or Summer School please email: [email protected].

Photo: University of Glasgow Environmental Science and Sustainability colleagues in Dumfries are delighted to achieve accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). From left to right: Dr Lauren Parry, Dr Bethan Wood and Dr Steven Gillespie.  Missing from the photograph is Dr David Borthwick.

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