Accreditation of Natural Sciences Courses

Academic Accreditor for Natural Sciences programmes

“Helping to develop the future of interdisciplinary science”

The Society of Natural Sciences (SNS) is seeking to recruit academic accreditors to serve on the accreditation panels conducting accreditation of Natural Sciences degree programmes.  The Accreditation Committee of the SNS is intending to recruit a pool of accreditation assessors from both within the Society and outside the Society. The role is suited to those academics who have an interest beyond their own science discipline, who wish to broaden their expertise and add to their own portfolio of expertise in programme or subject assessment.

Assessors should have experience of quality assurance and/or accreditation processes, either within their own higher education institution (HEI) or beyond e.g. involvement in periodic subject review perhaps beyond their own discipline. Assessors will be asked to review a Natural Sciences submission from an institution, attend an accreditation meeting and contribute to a short written report as part of a Visit Team.

Each assessor will be offered an honorarium of £150 per visit (visits to a HEI will be virtual in 2021) and will not be asked to take part in accreditation visits for more than three institutions per year.

It is expected that an Academic Accreditor will be a current serving (or recently served) science staff member of a UK HEI.  It is desirable that an Academic Accreditor will have served, or gained experience in, one or more of the following:

  • Teaching sciences in a HEI and/or served as a module convenor
  • Possess a recognised teaching qualification in the HE sector (e.g. PGCert, FHEA or similar)
  • Director of Studies/Teaching as part of a science degree programme
  • External examiner at the undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • Experience in quality review assessment processes for academic programmes (undergraduate or postgraduate)

For more information please contact the Accreditation Committee,