The Euro-Inf quality labels, which endorse the quality of teaching and employer relevance for computer courses across Europe, were awarded by EQANIE, the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education, through BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The BCS had already previously accredited Bath’s computer science degrees as contributing to Chartered IT Professional status.
Quality labels are awarded to degrees that comply with the framework standards and accreditation criteria defined by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) and aim to increase the mobility of students across Europe by facilitating transnational recognition of qualifications.
The Quality labels will apply to students who started their studies in October 2012 who are reading BSc Computer Science, BSc Computer Science with Business or BSc Computer Information Systems, along with several Masters courses.
Professor James Davenport Hebron & Medlock Professor of Information Technology at the University said: “This accreditation reflects that our courses produce industry-ready top quality graduates. It will not only make our graduates more employable in the EU, but also make our courses more attractive for EU students to study here.
“Information Technology is a global, and certainly pan-European, profession, and Bath has students from, and ex-students working in, many European countries, therefore this is a significant step for the University and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer this recognition to our students.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Professor Bernie Morley added: "I am delighted that our Department of Computer Science has received European accreditation for its Computer Science undergraduate courses, especially as it is the first UK Department to do so.
“It is a fitting recognition of the quality of our teaching, but also of the international nature of the Department and its international research links."
Bill Mitchell, Director of Education at the Institute said: “BCS is delighted that the University of Bath is now offering EQANIE accredited degree programmes and I would like to offer my congratulations.”