Accreditation Assessment Process
The process of accreditation is usually achieved through three stages; the Accreditation Assessment Panel will consider the evidence submitted, and judge how the programme meets the assessment criteria. This process will normally take a period of 6 - 12 months.
Interested Universities should first express their interest in seeking accreditation by completion of an Expression of Interest form. Detailed information about all the stages of assessment can be found in the Accreditation Handbook.
Universities are required to submit evidence in support of their application, along with a letter of intent, see this example for guidance. The application should outline how the institution believes the degree programmes submitted meet the learning outcomes stipulated by the accreditation criteria, this should be shown using the evidence matrix.
The application will be assessed by the Accreditation Assessment Panel, which will produce a stage one report outlining the assessment. Universities will be advised if the application will continue to stage two; at this point universities will also have the opportunity to submit additional evidence prior to entering the next stage of assessment.
A site visit will be conducted by the Panel to evaluate the university's facilities, speak to students and recent graduates about their learning experience, and discuss the application with the university. Where appropriate, provisional recommendation of accreditation will be provided during the site visit.
Following the site visit, the Assessment Panel will recommend to the Royal Society of Biology Degree Accreditation Committee whether accreditation should be awarded, withheld, or awarded subject to minor amendments.
Following ratification by the committee, accreditation will be awarded for a period of five years, and the university will be able to publicise their success.
Degree programmes with no current graduates should seek interim accreditation, and the assessment process will most likely require an additional site visit following graduation of the first cohort of students before full accreditation can be awarded.