The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) is the collective voice of the environmental sciences and related disciplines in higher and further education. CHES plays a leading role in the Higher and Further Education Environmental Science communities, representing member interests and lobbying on their behalf.
CHES is an active networking organisation and serves to enhance the quality of outcomes for all colleagues and institutions throughout environmental education. We aim to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between relevant bodies within the UK and internationally.
- The representative organisation for institutions delivering education in environmental science and its related fields
- Ensuring positive outcomes for all environmental science providers, and highlighting opportunities for advancement
- Providing the leading accreditation scheme for environmental science higher education degree programmes
- Facilitating connections between member institutions and developing new avenues of international co-operation within the environmental science community
- Coordinating between member institutions and linking with relevant professional bodies
There are 44 university and further education departments making up the membership of CHES. Our accreditation scheme covers 75 individual degree programmes across 26 of our member institutions. New members are welcome, and are not restricted to the Higher Education, nor environmental sciences. Please refer to our membership pages for details.
Development of Subject Criteria for AS/A-level Environmental Science
AQA are consulting on the future of A-level Environmental Science and CHES is assembling a response. To participate please return your comments to CHES via email by Friday 1oth April. There is quite a lot of reading material associated with this consultation. The key documents can be downloaded below:
- A covering letter
- Ofqual’s paper on designing subject criteria
- DfE’s guidance for developing rigorous subject content
- Ofqual’s five principles
- The existing subject content Ofqual GCE AS and A-level Subject Criteria for Science (dated 2011) however as the current Environmental Science subject content in the current criteria is at such a high level (page 74) we have expanded this into a possible list of topics for your consideration, please note this is by no means exhaustive.
- A summary of the known subject specific challenges
- For reference - GCE Subject level requirements and conditions (dated April 2014) for the newly reformed sciences (Biology/Chemistry /Physics and Psychology) – doc is entitled Biology but has the info in for all. For reference - DfE Geography GCS AS and A level subject content (December 2014) on which the newAS/A-level Geography qualifications will be based
- The template for stakeholders to complete and return to AQA via email.
Are you interested in keeping in touch with what events are going on to support teaching and learning in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences?
Discipline-based information can be accessed through The GEES network LinkedIn page. The LinkedIn group has been set up and is managed by academics. It is a great way to receive information and to also take part in (or lurk on) teaching-focused discussions.
In July 2012 a group of GEES academics interested in education got together to discuss how we could support each other in our professional and career development and THE (Teaching-focused in Higher Education) GEES network was established. We are a network which exists online (using LinkedIn) and through meetings. We met most recently in Manchester where we had a writing retreat and a workshop that covered HEA accreditation, funding and publication of pedagogic research, mentoring, and career progression. Teaching-focused is a term we take to mean people interested in teaching and pedagogic research, be they on permanent or temporary, teaching-dominant or more traditional academic contracts. Please do search us out on LinkedIn and join our discussions to share information about teaching relevant activities.
The Committee has produced a fact sheet relating to the new requirements for HEIs across the UK to produce Key Information Sheets (KIS) from 2012/13. The document outlines the importance for our members to gain accreditation during the current period.