Canterbury Christ Church University’s chemical engineering undergraduate degrees have been awarded with an international accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

IChemE is a leading, global, professional engineering organisation, and an internationally recognised qualifying body for chemical, biochemical and process engineers. It aims to advance chemical engineering’s contribution worldwide for the benefit of society.

Through their higher education programme accreditation, IChemE recognise and share good practice in the education of chemical engineers, and seeks to promote development of the profession by encouraging innovation in chemical engineering programme design and delivery.

Dr Anne Nortcliffe, Head of School of Engineering, Technology and Design, Said: "As the founding Head of School for Engineering, Technology and Design, I am incredibly proud of the engineering team for successfully developing, delivering and demonstrating quality of student learning and experience to IChemE. It is a great honour that our BEng Chemical Engineering and BEng Chemical Engineering with Foundation Year have been internationally accredited by IChemE with no conditions, and for three years. This is an outstanding achievement for course director Dr Najah Battikh and the team.

“IChemE valued how we are nurturing an inclusive, sustainable and ethical chemical engineering education, and how our partnerships with industry provide our students with exciting CDIO projects that help to develop their technical and employability skills."

The accreditation provides assurance of the quality of the degree courses as they are assessed against high, internationally recognised standards. An accredited programme:

  • offers students benefits from partnerships and consultation with industry professionals on the courses
  • has demonstrated the courses are to a high academic standard and industrially relevant
  • is strongly committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion, recognising the profession is dependent on chemical engineers that come from all walks of life and representative of broader society
  • helps provide graduates the first step on muti-stage academic study and work experience pathway working towards Corporated (CEng) and Incorporated Engineering (IEng) status with the Insitute of Chemical engineers and Engineering Council
  • gains access to and benefits from an international chemical engineering teaching community with opportunities for sharing good practice and progressing challenging issues.