Acting as an Assessor

The role of an assessor is to consider applications for full and provisional accreditation, supporting the work of the Degree Accreditation Committee.

They can also be called upon to offer opinions on higher education policy consultations, join relevant working groups and support other work being undertaken by the Committee.

There is no minimum time commitment from assessors, and all expenses are paid by the Institute. Assessors are expected remain fluent with current practice in higher education, and the Institute will occasionally provide training and update days, as appropriate.

Assessing an application involves:

  • Reading the entire application and completing a pre-visit form
  • Attending the one day visit to the applying department
  • If chairing the visit, approving the report to the Degree Accreditation Committee
  • Approving the final report to the applying department for accuracy
  • Dealing with any details arising later, such as degree programme changes in order to comply with conditions set, or requests to upgrade from provisional to full accreditation

If you would like to find out more, please contact accreditation@iop.org