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Accreditation Review Panel

An expert Accreditation Review Panel, made up of academics and geographers working in the public and private sectors, will assess all applications for programme accreditation.

The Society will appoint an expert Accreditation Review Panel to assess and make recommendations on all applications for programme accreditation.

The Accreditation Review Panel will normally have a minimum of four and maximum of eight members, invited from:

  • Geographers who hold teaching and learning leadership positions at a senior level in Higher Education
  • Geographers working in industry, at least one of whom will be a Chartered Geographer; 
  • Others with recognised expertise in teaching and learning in higher education geography, at the invitation of Vice President for Research and Higher Education.

The Panel may draw upon the expertise of the Society’s Research and Higher Education Committee. All members will have experience of approvals and quality assurance and be expected to be up to date with current practice in higher education. The Research and Higher Education Division will maintain a list of suitable persons to contribute to the Panel each year. The Society is committed to equal opportunities and endeavours to appoint a Panel representative of the community. Further information about, and guidance for, the Accreditation Review Panel may be found in the programme accreditation handbook.

Current panel

Panel chair

Professor Joanna Bullard
Professor of Physical Geography, Associate Dean (Teaching), Loughborough University

Panel members

Dr Nuala Johnson
Reader, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Philip Porter
Reader, University of Hertfordshire 

Dr Becky Schaaf
Deputy Vice Provost (Learning and Teaching), Bath Spa University

Professor Jo Sharp
Professor of Geography; Deputy Head of School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow

Dr Simon Tate
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography; Geography Department Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University 

Mrs Liz Tucker
Head of Geographic Evidence Team, Defra [on parental leave]

Professor Nigel Walford
Professor of Applied GIS; Director of the Centre for Earth and Environmental Sciences Research, Kingston University 

Professor Neil Ward
Deputy Vice Chancellor and Pro vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs, University of East Anglia 

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