Overview

The Landscape Institute is seeking three member volunteers to join our accreditation sub-committee.

The Accreditation Sub-Committee (ASC) oversees the LI’s accreditation and higher education programme review. It focusses on ensuring accredited courses provide a high-quality initial professional education for those wishing to embark on a career in landscape, and developing policy, advice, and guidance on issues relating to the LI’s relationship with the higher education sector.

As the LI seeks to diversify its membership and act as the professional home for a wider range of landscape practitioners, the ASC is looking to recruit several new members to support these ambitions by accrediting a more diverse set of higher education programmes.

We are particularly keen to hear from:

  • Academic members
  • Members with experience in both practice and education and who are currently on, or have previously sat on, an LI professional review group (PRG) or been an external examiner for an accredited course
  • Members with specific experience in environmental planning, environmental management or science, or urban design
  • Members who have an interest in improving equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession

This is an exciting time to be joining the ASC. Following a recent review of the LI accreditation framework, you will have the opportunity to support the embedding of the new requirements, as well as the introduction of new accredited courses.

This voluntary position is a fantastic opportunity to boost your CV, give back to your Institute, and be involved in steering the future of the profession. Volunteering doesn’t automatically count towards CPD hours, but it can create opportunities for members to develop their competency and knowledge in relevant areas. In these cases, volunteering can be a great way to contribute to CPD.

About the role

As a member of the committee, you will typically be involved in:

  • monitoring and reviewing standards in LI accredited schools, reviewing annual reports, and making recommendations to the Education and Membership Committee (EMC) on the accreditation of new courses and the biennial re-accreditation of existing courses.
  • providing advice, guidance, direction, and support to the PRGs working as the LI’s representatives in accredited schools and to course teams offering accredited programmes, advising them of LI requirements, procedures, and standards.
  • updating and streamlining processes for the re-accreditation and monitoring of courses, ensuring they are robust, fit for purpose, and continue to meet the needs of the profession.
  • Broadening accreditation by identifying programmes that may provide an appropriate route of entry to the profession, and providing initial advice and guidance to universities offering courses that may be suitable for accreditation.
  • reviewing, determining, and providing guidance and feedback on applications for course accreditation, and convening course accreditation panels for further formal review of programmes as appropriate.
  • Monitoring developments in higher education, particularly those that may affect the initial professional education of those entering the profession; in particular, ensuring the LI is kept abreast of key developments in higher education, responding to initiatives and agendas as required to maintain the LI’s reputation and standing as a professional body.

Time commitment and other information

Much of the business of the committee is carried out virtually, with opportunities to attend in-person university visits if/when required. Depending on the volume of business, the ASC meets four times a year. You may, from time to time, be invited to attend other LI events and seminars, or to contribute to project groups.

Experience, qualifications and attributes

Essential

  • A willingness to understand the LI’s educational and membership systems and the requirements of modern professional practice, as well as education and skills issues within the profession
  • Commitment to the overall aims and objectives of the LI and willingness to act as an ambassador for the work of the committee
  • Time to commit to the role, including attending and preparing for meetings
  • Commitment to the Nolan principles
  • Ability to listen, assimilate, and accommodate ideas from others and respect boundaries between executive (staff or day-to-day) and governance functions

Desirable

  • An appreciation of the variety of roles and disciplines the landscape profession encompasses
  • Current or previous involvement in the LI’s educational activities, as a mentor, assessor, supervisor, examiner, CPD assessor, university lecturer, Ambassador, or student
  • Specific knowledge and expertise in one or more areas of the committee’s areas of responsibility
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexible attitude and ability to work as part of a team

How to apply

Please email a CV and covering letter, explaining your interest in the role and why you feel you would be a good fit, to Education Manager Sarah Magee: sarah.magee@landscapeinstitute.org.

The Landscape Institute values and celebrates diversity and inclusion in all its forms. We can only change the world for the better if we reflect, represent, and inspire the communities we serve.

We support applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, belief, disability, or socioeconomic background. We particularly encourage and value applications from candidates whose lived experiences can help inform greater equity and inclusion in our education and membership processes.

Tagged as: Accreditation, education, Volunteering

To apply for this job email your details to sarah.magee@landscapeinstitute.org.