jennyThe 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 Education Environmental Science community, 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.

Key activities urban

  • 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 42 university and further education departments making up the membership of CHES. Our accreditation scheme covers 65 individual degree programmes across the majority 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.


GEES Technician of the Year 2013-14
University technical staff make a vital contribution to the success of their institution on many fronts, not least the teaching and learning experience. To recognise this, the Higher Education Academy offer a series of Technician of the Year Awards across the STEM disciplines; a series of prestigious awards that celebrate the technician’s contribution to teaching and learning activities and to the wider HE student experience.

The ‘HEA Geography Earth & Environmental Sciences Technician of the Year’ award will be presented at the HEA STEM Annual Conference 30 Apr 2014 - 1 May 2014 at the University of Edinburgh. The winner will receive £250 in recognition of their contribution to GEES learning and teaching.
Closing date: 1 February 2014

KIS requirements
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.