Partnerships in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management

The Department prides itself on its wide range of partnerships with a diversity of industry, education, governmental, and third sector organisations. We also work very closely with our associated Professional Bodies who accredit and and support our programmes which enable us to:

  • offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are current, relevant and professionally accredited
  • create some exciting opportunities for enhancing the experience and prospects of our students through study abroad, live projects, placements and internships
  • offer some innovative degree apprenticeships that enable students to learn while being employed
  • develop applied research links with UK and international higher education institutions and practitioners in the public, private and third sector.
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Professional bodies and partnerships in the Department

Geographical Association

Staff from across the Department are involved in various activities with The Geographical Association at national and local levels. In particular we work closely with the Bristol branch of the Geographical Association contributing to the lecture programme and decision making exercises that are run for A-level students in the region.

This keeps us in touch with curriculum developments at A-Level and so that we can help students make the transition into university learning. It has also lead to our research into Teaching and Learning in Geography in collaboration with local school teachers.

The Royal Geographical Society

Our geography programmes are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society on the basis that they successfully develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that a contemporary geographer is expected to have. Accreditation enhances the competitiveness of our geography graduates, while our students are also able to take advantage of the wide-ranging activities and events that the RGS organises locally and globally.

Royal Town Planning Institute

Our programmes in urban planning are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) which is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 25,000 members. The institute is a charity, a learned society and a membership organisation. It promotes spatial planning and what it can do for people; leads, develops and supports the planning profession; and sets professional and ethical standards. Our planning team has excellent links to the institute at both a national and local level while many of our students are members of a dedicated Young Planners’ Group.

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Our environmental management and consultancy programmes are also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). CIWEM represents and supports a community of thousands of members and organisations in over 89 countries who are dedicated to improving water and environmental management for the benefit of the public.

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the largest professional body for environmental practitioners in the United Kingdom and worldwide, with nearly 15,000 members. Within the department, IEMA accredits our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in environmental management and environmental consultancy. By being professionally accredited, our students our able to access the latest news and think-pieces from industry, as well as being able to access further opportunities for professional development.

Institution of Environmental Sciences

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial arena. Members of the Institution of Environmental Sciences are high quality professionals, working in a diverse field.

IES accredits one of our undergraduate programmes (BSc Geography), as well as our postgraduate programmes in environmental management and consultancy.

Joint Board of Moderators

The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers together represent some 100, 000 of the world's leading professional engineers.

These four professional bodies form the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). The JBM works to strengthen links with universities and industry to ensure that accredited degrees develop professional engineers who will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.

The JBM accredits our engineering courses and this stamp of approval ensures the quality of the engineering education we provide.