The University of Westminster was awarded accreditation for six BSc (Hons) courses in the Faculty of Science and Technology and James Linyard, final-year student on the Biochemistry BSc Honours course was awarded a prize as Top student on an RSB accredited degree at the Royal Society of Biology prize-giving event. The event was held at the House of Commons and was hosted by Stephen Metcalfe, MP and Chair of the Science and Technology Committee.

The undergraduate courses in the Departments of Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences which were awarded accreditation include the Biochemistry BSc Honours, Biological Sciences BSc Honours, Pharmacology and Physiology BSc Honours, Human and Medical Science BSc (not currently recruiting), Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours (Full-time and Sandwich modes of study) and Applied Biomedical Science BSc Honours  courses. They were recognised for meeting the academic and experience requirements to receive the Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status which is a benchmark for excellence in the field of Biosciences.

Following the accreditation announcement, the Royal Society of Biology said: “These programmes have been accredited following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.”

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As part of the recognition, graduates from the University of Westminster’s accredited programmes will also benefit from one-year free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level, giving them access to professional registers and providing career support and advice. A free membership in the Royal Society of Biology will also help Westminster graduates gain additional recognition for their skills and experience, develop their professional network and demonstrate support for the future of biology.

Dr Caroline Smith, a Course Leader for the Biological Sciences BSc Honours programme, said: “We are delighted that the Royal Society of Biology has accredited these programmes. The Royal Society of Biology represents over 16,000 life scientists from all disciplines. The accreditation recognises the quality of teaching that we provide for our students at the University of Westminster in these subject areas and acknowledges that we are producing graduates with a strong set of transferable skills as well as providing a solid education in Biosciences.”

Cover photo (left to right): Dr Caroline Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, James Linyard, final-year Biochemistry BSc Honours student and Dr Sarah Coleman, Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences

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