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Accreditation Officer (Second Announcement)

The post of Accreditation Officer will become vacant with the retirement of the present incumbent, Dr Colin Scrutton, in 2015.

The Society, therefore, seeks applications for the post of Accreditation Officer from 1 May 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post involves the processing of applications for the accreditation and reaccreditation of first degrees and taught MSc programmes in geosciences (, arranging meetings of the Accreditation Panel and maintaining the lists of accredited programmes for the Society’s website. The postholder is also responsible for recruiting members to the Accreditation Panel.

The ideal candidate will have experience of the planning and assessment of degree programmes and have a good knowledge of the present Higher Education system and the changes it is undergoing (has recently undergone). The work requires considerable attention to detail in the manipulation of course descriptions and make-up, so that this can be presented intelligibly to the Panel for decision. He/she will also be required to interface with Universities to ensure that applications are presented in a way that satisfies the requirements of the Society’s Accreditation scheme and also be able to explain what changes might be required by the Panel to meet those criteria. Further details of the work involved can be obtained from Dr Scrutton ([email protected]), who will be available for support during the changeover period.

The post would suit an academic geoscientist about to retire or considering switching to a part-time academic post. The applicant should be a Fellow of the Society and either Chartered or prepared to apply for Chartership if appointed. The post is part-time and remuneration is based on a daily rate.