Course in ecology and environmental management recognised through CIEEM accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has announced that a degree pathway course at Nottingham Trent University has been awarded accredited degree status.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has announced that a degree pathway course at Nottingham Trent University has been awarded accredited degree status. This is in recognition of its teaching of the knowledge and skills that are critical to protecting our environment now and in the future.

Nottingham Trent University is one of only a small number of universities to meet the high standards of course content and delivery approved by CIEEM's Governing Board and is the second course at the University to achieve this status.

MSc (Hons) Biodiversity Conservation has received accreditation status for its integrated approach to the study of ecology and the conservation of biodiversity. Students are introduced to the key concepts of biodiversity, sustainability, ecology and environmental systems. Set on a campus of a 200 hectare estate with conservation projects in woodland, wetland, farm and grasslands, students develop an understanding of the scientific principles needed to conserve and manage the natural environment.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Dean of the School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University said: "We are delighted to have another of Nottingham Trent University's degree courses accredited by CIEEM. We have long been committed to being a leading establishment in this field, delivering a first-rate, vocationally relevant education to our students. With this, our second consecutive accreditation, we can be sure we are delivering the skills and knowledge that our graduates will need to achieve their goal of becoming professional ecologists and environmental managers."

We have long been committed to being a leading establishment in this field, delivering a first-rate, vocationally relevant education to our students.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Nottingham Trent University

CIEEM launched the degree accreditation scheme in 2013 following their report two years prior which revealed skills gaps and shortages in the ecological and environmental management profession. The report, Ecological Skills: Shaping the profession for the 21st century, recommended degree accreditation as a means of supporting universities to teach students the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for in the workplace.

Sally Hayns, CIEEM’s Chief Executive, said: "The accreditation scheme was developed by CIEEM in consultation with employers and recent graduates and was launched in July 2013 to a small number of universities. We are very pleased to have further institutions and courses embrace the ethos of the accredited status. CIEEM-accredited courses have been assessed for quality and relevance and are sure to deliver the knowledge and skills required by employers. We believe that students who successfully complete an accredited degree will have the competitive edge when applying for their first job in the sector."

There are a number of other benefits for students on a CIEEM-accredited degree or degree pathway, including:

  • studying a curriculum that has been identified as covering the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for
  • studying on a course that has been assessed for quality and relevance to employers in the sector
  • discounted CIEEM Student Membership
  • opportunities to attend relevant CIEEM events at discounted membership rates and meet practising ecologists and environmental managers as well as access careers advice
  • fast-track upgrade applications from Student membership to Graduate Member on successful completion of an accredited course with the right to use the 'Grad CIEEM' post-nominal.
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    The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Our Vision is of a society which values the natural environment and recognises the contribution of professional ecologists and environmental managers to its conservation.

    Established in 1991 and receiving our Royal Charter in 2013, we have around 5,000 members drawn from across the employment sectors including local authorities, government agencies, NGOs, industry, environmental consultancy, academia and teaching. The diversity of our membership is our greatest strength, enabling us to take an integrated and holistic approach to furthering the management and enhancement of biodiversity and the ecological processes essential to a fully functional biosphere.

    CIEEM works to advance the understanding and standards of practice of ecological and environmental management for the benefit of the natural environment and society. In order to achieve this mission, CIEEM engages in a wide range of activities. These include:

    • Establishing and upholding standards of professional competence and conduct of those who practise ecological and environmental management as a profession;
    • Promoting the sharing of best practice through publications, networking and awards;
    • Supporting continuing professional development (CPD) through the provision of training and conferences;
    • Being an influential voice for the sector by advising governments on policy and practice in relation to management of the natural environment; and
    • Promoting an integrated inter-disciplinary approach to sustainable management of the natural environment.

    Read more information about CIEEM degree accreditation.

Course in ecology and environmental management recognised through CIEEM accreditation

Published on 26 February 2014
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