Date of release: Monday, March 9, 2015

Professor Martin SnowdenThe high quality of three Life Sciences degree programmes at the University of Greenwich at Medway has achieved prestigious national recognition.

The university's Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science and Human Nutrition BSc programmes, also commended for the innovative approach to teaching displayed at Greenwich, are among the first in the country to gain accreditation in a new scheme being launched by the Society of Biology.

Dr Lauren Pecorino, Principal Lecturer in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "We are producing graduates who will be making new discoveries about how the body works, identifying biological targets for new drugs, and testing natural compounds, nutrients and drugs in biological systems. They will create the foods and medicines of tomorrow."

Preparing for the launch of its pilot undergraduate course accreditation scheme, the Society of Biology assessment panel worked with the University of Greenwich Life Sciences degree programme leaders and students.

They examined the quality and depth of subject knowledge in the programmes, the resources on offer and the many related opportunities available to students including Human Genome laboratory projects.

Professor Martin Snowden, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering & Science, pictured, says: "Accreditation of these programmes from the Society of Biology is further recognition of the high standards of excellence we are delivering to our students which will give them a competitive advantage in their careers.

"Alongside the quality of the contents of our courses and our resources to support our undergraduates, the assessors were very interested in our progressive approaches to teaching such as requiring our undergraduates to prepare fully-costed business plans for their final year research projects.

"They were also impressed by our commitment to embedding innovation and creativity within all our assessed degree programmes."

The Society of Biology Accreditation Manager, Paul Trimmer, says: "I would like to congratulate the University of Greenwich on their fantastic achievement and to thank the students and staff who facilitated the accreditation process."

University representatives will be attending the Society of Biology accreditation launch event at the Royal College of Surgeons on Tuesday 24 March.

To find out more about studying Life Sciences with the University of Greenwich, go to http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci/study/lifesport

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Picture: Professor Martin Snowden