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International accreditation for University of Bradford Chemistry courses
The University of Bradford has joined a prestigious group of universities to gain international recognition from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for accreditation of some of their chemistry programmes. The courses underwent a rigorous process to be accredited by the global professional body.
They were assessed by three independent peer reviewers – leading academics at accredited universities – and have satisfied all 16 key requirements in categories including breadth and depth of knowledge, practical skills, research, professional skills and more.
Dr Alice Barker, accreditation development specialist at the RSC said: “We require accredited courses to reach a high standard in all areas. The professional skills requirement includes transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork, whilst the practical skills requirement must cover a range of different types of experiments across the breadth of the subject. Chemistry is a practical subject, so this hands-on experience is essential for preparing students for the world of work.”
Accredited courses include BSc Chemistry, MChem Chemistry, MChem Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry and MChem Chemistry (Industrial Experience) programmes.
Students and staff will now qualify for a range of benefits, including access to a series of webinars and an opportunity for students to apply for the International Student Research Bursary. They can also become members of the Royal Society of Chemistry at a reduced rate, which gives access to networks, publications, careers support and more.
Dr Clare Peyton, Senior Lecturer-Biophysical Chemistry, from the University of Bradford said: “This is a milestone moment for the University of Bradford chemistry programmes, it is a mark of quality that we can be proud of and shows we teach at a level which is now recognised internationally.
“Chemistry is a versatile subject, offering a range of transferable skills with many applications. Our graduates go on to work in a number of professions which value numerical and analytical skills.
“This accreditation is the result of years of preparation and hard work which has seen our entire raft of programmes rebuilt from the ground up. We are incredibly fortunate at the University of Bradford to be able to offer cutting edge facilities and teaching, as has been acknowledged by the RSC.”
Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the RSC, added: “Our accreditation programme is something we are very proud of. The University of Bradford has passed a series of rigorous requirements to have their chemistry courses accredited and I extend my warmest congratulations to everyone involved.
“Getting accredited is just the start of an ongoing relationship and we look forward to working closely with University of Bradford to continuously develop their courses, for the benefit of students and the chemistry community as a whole.”