Published: 26 Apr 2016 | Last Updated: 26 Apr 2016 14:55:32

The Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC) BSc/MSci Biosciences degree programmes have been formally awarded accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) at the RSB’s 2016 awards ceremony.

This accreditation demonstrates the high quality of the RVC’s biosciences programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and complements the RVC’s ranking among the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences degrees. The RVC’s biosciences programmes offer students the opportunity to be taught by experts at the cutting edge of their field and to be part of ground-breaking research, while also placing a strong focus on students’ employability.

The fourth annual RSB awards, presented at the House of Commons in April, recognise bioscience degree programmes which promote academic excellence, and prepare graduates for employment within the biosciences.

Stephanie Arnold, Claire Russell, Jacqui Hall and Charlotte Lawson at the RBS awards ceremony
(left to right) Stephanie Arnold (top graduate in BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with Certificate in Work-based Learning and Research; Claire Russell (Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Certificate in Work-based Learning and Research); Jacqui Hall (Vice President, R&D Skills, Training and Standards at MedImmune); and Charlotte Lawson (Course director for the BSc/MSci Biosciences programmes)

The awards ceremony, sponsored by Nicola Blackwood MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP, was attended by representatives from industry and the academic community, as well as the Society's member organisations, many of whom contributed to the criteria for the Degree Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation Programmes.

Dr Mark Downs CSci FRSB, chief executive of the Royal Society of Biology, who presented the awards said, "We hope that through the Degree Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation Programmes, and the employer engagement work we have been doing, that we can add real value; to the individuals, the employers, and the UK economy, as well as inspiring more people to study the biosciences."

Dr Charlotte Lawson, Course Director for the BSc/MSci Biosciences programmes, said: "I believe that accreditation of our BSc/MSci Bioscience programme from the Royal Society of Biology is a hugely important step. The criteria for RSB accreditation has been endorsed by industry and recognise the RVC's commitment to academic rigour and to developing key employability skills in our bioscience graduates."

To find out more about the courses offered in the  BSc/MSci Bioscience programme see:

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Notes to Editors

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London. The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, being ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences degrees.  It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.

A research-led institution, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) the RVC maintained its position as the top HEFCE funded veterinary focused research institution.

The College also provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals; the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in central London, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe's largest small animal referral centre), the Equine Referral Hospital, and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre located at the Hertfordshire campus.

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