Call for Chief Assessor for IFST's accreditation schemes

We are looking for a Chief Assessor to support our work to promote food science and technology for the benefit, safety, and health of everyone. This is an exciting opportunity to support IFST’s assessment team on a part time basis .

IFST introduced the accreditation scheme for Bachelors’ and taught Masters’ degree courses in 2015. Fifty three programmes are currently accredited and IFST may expand the scheme to other courses.  We are inviting applications from suitably experienced and interested members for the role of Chief Assessor. Information about the degree and course accreditation schemes and the application process for accreditation is available at

Chief Assessor

The role of Chief Assessor involves:

  • Overseeing and developing, as necessary, assessment processes
  • Finalising the requirements and guidance for the accreditation of other (non-degree) courses
  • Assessor training and guidance, including chairing an annual assessors' meeting
  • Development of monitoring and review processes
  • Reporting to the Education & Professional Development Committee (2 meetings pa) via a written report and if possible in person.
  • Being on the professional Development Committee – now including Education.

The Chief Assessor is expected to:

  • have had substantial post graduate experience and have attained a position of seniority in academia
  • have experience of degree and short course development and delivery
  • work to strict deadlines.

Although the Chief Assessor role is primarily a voluntary position, there is an annual honorarium of £500 per annum, plus £250 per degree course assessment (when undertaken as a Panel Member). Travel expenses etc incurred in carrying out this role will be reimbursed.


Send your expression of interest, including a short CV and an outline of your relevant experience, to (

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