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 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.
- 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 34 university departments making up the membership of CHES. Our accreditation scheme covers 54 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.
Workshop:Influence, Implement, Engage. The triple imperative for ESD in HE, UWE, Bristol
UWE will be hosting an HEA funded seminar on 29 November 2013. The event will bring the QAA, HEA, HEFCE and NUS to UWE to present and discuss the latest Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) policy and practice developments (see programme attached). Registration is required for this free seminar and must be done via the HEA website.
Public engagement in the GEES disciplines
This good practice guide published by CHES and the HEA explores the challenges, benefits and opportunities assiciated with higher education institutions (HEIs) engaging the public in the disciplines of geography, earth and environmental science (GEES).
Postgraduates who teach GEES
This one day workshop is designed for postgraduate students and other non-permanent academic staff / associates who are involved in teaching and supporting student learning specifically in the GEES disciplines (teaching, demonstrating, fieldwork assistants, guest lecturing, marking, etc). There will be a range of sessions including using and creating Open Educational Resources, making field and laboratory work effective, giving constructive feedback in GEES disciplines, career planning. There will also be an opportunity to bring your own teaching related problems to a question and answer session. A superb opportunity to network and develop contacts across the GEES disciplines and beyond your own institution.
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
Annual Conference 2013
This conference, arranged by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) in association with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), explored the use of Technology Enhanced Learning for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Presentations are available to download here.
CHES has welcomed the Lancaster Environment Centre, at Lancaster University, Edge Hill University and the University of Wolverhampton as the newest members of our organisation.
HEA Seminar Series 2012/13
The Higher Education Academy is running a workshop and seminar series in the thematic areas of employability, flexible learning and internationalisation. Each seminar will be hosted and delivered by an HE institution and will focus on aspects of learning and teaching. Details can be found here.
CHES is launching a series of careers events during the new academic year. We will be attending several events at our member institutions and have speakers available. If your institution has an event, contact us and we will support your career service.
GEES at the HEA
There is a wealth of information available on the GEES pages of the HEA website. In addition you can subscribe to the GEES newsletter for all relevant news including funding and professional development opportunities.
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.