Shaping Our Environmental Future

Join the collective voice of the environmental disciplines in education.


For academic staff, professional staff, students and education partners

About us

CHES provides representation and leadership to the environmental education communities.

We are an active networking organisation enhancing the quality of outcomes for education institutions teaching environmental disciplines.

We facilitate connections between members and develop new avenues of international co-operation within the environmental science community.

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CHES oversees the largest accreditation scheme of environmental degree programmes in the world.

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Shaping our environmental future.


We undertake research in areas of concern and interest for our members. Recent publications include A Collaborative approach to improving graduate outcomes and the use of Living Labs.


CHES and the IES work to ensure young people from all backgrounds are inspired to begin and sustain an environmental education – from primary to postgraduate – boosting your student recruitment.


We support our members by delivering employability services, promote diversity and inclusion and provide pathways for their graduates into the environmental profession.

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How to add your institution to our network

Membership is for an Further or Higher Education institutions delivering environmental programmes.  Our annual membership runs concurrently with the UK academic year (1st September – 31st August). 

All academic staff within the environment department can become part of the CHES network, whether they are involved in teaching, learning or research.

CHES membership costs per annum
1st year membership – £250
Accredited Membership – £500
Non-accredited Membership – £250

CHES accreditation costs

First programme accreditation and reaccreditation – £550
Each additional programme – £250

Accreditation last for 5 years

Programme Accreditation

Join the largest environmental programme accreditation scheme in the world.


Upcoming submission deadlines

18th November 2022 | 2nd February 2023 | 4th May 2023

Please note that our accreditation documentation is currently being reviewed to reflect the criteria of the new ES3 Benchmark, this will be available to use by November 2022.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Quality assurance: expert input into programme design and independent validation of alignment of course content with externally recognised benchmark standard (QAA ES3)
  • Marketing: signal to potential students and employers that your department’s teaching, learning and research are aligned with recognised high-quality quality standards and professional development. Accreditation is reported in a dedicated column in the Key Information Sheets on the unistats website. Meets expectation that HEIs that Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes are accredited, including recommendations of the Wakeham review. 
  • Networking: Association with CHES and the IES (the UK’s fastest growing professional body focused on environment & sustainability), influential organisations leading debate, dissemination and promotion of environmental science and sustainability; especially systems-based interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Employability: Promotes/supports employability esp. in professional and managerial positions thus will support positive outcomes under the Graduate Outcomes Survey. Provides opportunity to access a network of key employers and professionals within the environment and sustainability sectors
  • Networking and learning and development opportunities nationally and internationally through CHES contacts, annual conference and other events; link to IES
  • Eligibility to sit on the Executive Committee with access to CHES meeting reports and minutes; potential to join/interact with IES Council as CHES is IES Education Committee’
  • Opportunities to add to collective voice in engagement with priority issues and influence national agendas (e.g. TEF, REF, degree apprenticeships)
  • Bi-monthly email update including funding opportunities and events
  • Learning: Access to material and other resources which can be used to support curriculum
  • Free student membership of the IES for the duration of their studies
  • Support for and demonstration of commitment to professional devt; First steps on an environmental career path which could take them to Chartered Status and beyond
  • Free and early access to electronic copies of the latest edition of our journal, environmental SCIENTIST and a monthly e-newsletter
  • Opportunities to publish articles, blog-pieces and publicise their work etc via IES website
  • Free or reduced entry to IES events
  • Access to exclusive members-only content through the IES’ online portal; including resources and materials to support their studies and CPD
  • Upon graduation, automatic upgrade to Associate Membership, and then half price for the next year
  • Increase desirability of the individual to prospective employers
“Accreditation continues to be a positive driver in development of academic and professional course outcomes through relevant Benchmark Statements and the CHES ethos... accreditation offers our students’ membership of a professional body, with access to great online resources. Furthermore, it is good to know that the continued professional development of our graduates is in good hands beyond the time they spend with us.”
Dr Charlotte Braungardt
Programme Manager, BSc Environmental Science Plymouth University


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