How to apply for advanced accreditation
We welcome applications for Advanced Accreditation from all UK universities. Full information about advanced accreditation and how to apply can be found in the Advanced Accreditation Handbook.
Deadlines for applications are 1st September and 1st February each year.
Step 1 - expression of interest
Prior to submitting an application, you must complete an Expression of Interest form and return to the Accreditation Team. You will be asked to indicate which subject stream your programme is broadly aligned to; if you are submitting multiple programmes you may need to select more than one stream. The streams are:
- Molecular Aspects of Biology
- Whole Organism Biology
- Ecological and Environmental Science
The subject streams are for assessment purposes only; once accredited, your programmes will not be labelled as such.
Step 2 - letter of intent and supporting evidence
A letter of intent must be submitted to accompany the application documentation. This should summarise the key characteristics of the programme, and how it meets the advanced accreditation criteria. The criteria for advanced accreditation and the stream-specific criteria can be found in the Advanced Accreditation Handbook. For more information about this please see an example letter of intent.
Titles for all documentation submitted should be entered into an advanced accreditation matrix indicating where evidence for the criteria can be found. Details of the evidence that must be submitted in support of your application, and an example advanced accreditation matrix, can be found in Appendix A of the Advanced Accreditation Handbook.
Step 3 - submission of documentation
All documentation (letter of intent and supporting evidence) should then be submitted electronically by 5pm on the date of the deadline, preferably via DropBox and the sharing of an appropriately labelled folder (which should include the name of the submitting HEI), to firstname.lastname@example.org
The charge for the assessment of the application and site visit will be £3,000. This fee covers all expenses associated with the assessment and visit except for overnight accommodation for the assessment panel. HEIs will be required to book accommodation for the panel members in a suitable nearby hotel the evening before the site visit. The assessment fee will be invoiced following receipt of the formal expression of interest form.
Advanced Accreditation Fees
The fees for accreditation will be charged on an annual basis according to the number of programmes submitted and as agreed by the Society. The Society will consider the level of work required for the application, the number of students and the complexity of programmes in order to ensure, as far as possible, that costs are representative and equitable. The table below is representative of fees charged in 2015; however the Society reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation during the accreditation period.
The first year’s fee will be required to be paid once accreditation has been awarded and formally ratified by the Degree Accreditation Committee. Please note, if your application is unsuccessful the assessment fee is a non-returnable payment.
|Programmes||Cost per year|
|2 to 5||£ 3,000.00|
|6 to 10||£ 4,000.00|
|11 +||£ 5,000.00|