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IET accreditation success for ECS

Published: 16 May 2008

The ECS programmes in Electronic, Electrical and Electromechanical Engineering were successfully reaccredited by the IET during a panel visit to the School this month.

The two-day visit to the School by the Institute of Engineering and Technology's accreditation panel was the final stage of a process that ensures that ECS programmes can fully satisfy the requirements leading to the professional Chartered Engineer status.

As well as thoroughly examining all aspects of the School’s education provision, including processes and quality assurance. The members of the panel also spoke to 25 students across the relevant programmes. The panel were impressed by the positive comments made by the students, and by the high quality and standard of student work, some of which they felt was very advanced.

The MEng programme was fully accredited as meeting the requirements towards Chartered Engineer status for 2008-2012 student intakes; the BEng and MSc programmes are accredited as partially meeting the requirements (the maximum that can be gained due to the nature of these programmes). The ECS contingent was led by Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Deputy Head of School (Education) and Dr Andy Gravell, Director of Undergraduate Studies, with support from members of the ECS academic staff.

'Professional accreditation and being able to successfuly satisfy the standards of the accrediting bodies are extremely important for our students,' said Dr Andy Gravell. 'When they go out into the world of work, they can be assured that their degrees meet the highest professional standards.'

The School will receive a visit from the British Computer Society next May (2009) for continued accreditation of programmes in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Information Technology in Organisations.

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