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Department wins Royal Geographical Society accreditation

The Department of Geography has recently been awarded Royal Geographical Society accreditation for its undergraduate degree programmes.


The RGS accreditation scheme recognises degree programmes that contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and that prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education. The accreditation is a benchmark for the discipline, showing that Sheffield graduates meet defined learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

An expert Accreditation Review Panel, made up of academics and geographers working in the public and private sectors, assessed Sheffield’s programmes and noted:

  • Our good mapping of the programmes against the QAA subject benchmark statement
  • The clear benefits for students in completing their programme, good development of professional and employability experiences, especially in career management and professional skills
  • Our use of an external advisory board

Head of Geography, Professor John Flint, commented:

We are delighted that the RGS has recognised the high quality of our teaching and the very positive employment outcomes for students on our programmes. This new status for our Department ensures that all of our undergraduate students will now be able to graduate with an accredited degree.

Dr Stephen Livingstone, Director of Undergraduate Studies and leader of the bid for accreditation said:

The RGS accreditation scheme is recognition of all the good work we have done in producing degree programmes of the highest quality. In particular, it is great to see our integrated approach, range of modules and specialisms, attention to key contemporary issues and fieldwork provision commended.

Further information:

To find out more about the RGS, its work with universities and its accreditation scheme, visit: www.rgs.org