The WISE CDT was awarded CIWEM accreditation in June 2018. This was CIWEM’s first accreditation of a PhD programme and covers all student intakes from 2014-15 to 2018-19 inclusive. Areas of good practice highlighted by the accreditation panel included the relationships with and between student cohorts, our industry links and the ability of students to draw on academic expertise and facilities across the four universities.
CIWEM accreditation is important to the WISE CDT because it provides external validation of the quality of our programme. It supports the aim of raising professional standards in the water and environment sector by ensuring that the skill sets of our students meet the demands of the profession. CIWEM accreditation has also provided assurance to UK and overseas applicants to the programme.
We believe that membership of CIWEM is an important core strand of our students’ professional development, offering many advantages such as networking through branch meetings and events. Following a CIWEM-accredited programme also enhances students’ career prospects by facilitating their path to Chartership.
The four WISE CDT partner universities are additionally pursuing JBM accreditation of the PhD. To date, Exeter and Cardiff have obtained JBM accreditation for all their WISE student intakes.