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First Museum Studies courses receive CILIP accreditation

08 July 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
First Museum Studies courses receive CILIP accreditation


CILIP is delighted to announce that museum courses at two major universities have become the first to receive CILIP accreditation, recognising that their solid preparation for professional practice and a suitable base for anybody entering the heritage profession.

The MA in Museums and Gallery Practice at UCL Qatar and the MSc Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow have gained formal CILIP accreditation following recent assessment visits.

Helen Berry, CILIP’s Workforce Development Manager said “CILIP are delighted to expand its accreditation programme to the heritage sector. As with our information and knowledge Learning Providers, these degrees have been judged against the Professional Knowledge and Skillsbase tool (PKSB) and demonstrate the breadth of experience and attributes required for a skilled professional in the cultural world. Identified transferable skills include independent research, writing and communication, interpersonal skills, use of IT, time management and group working all of which are also common to the information sector."

Both accreditations were conducted by independent assessors. Ann Hindson particularly praised the UCLQ practice of highlighting differing viewpoints and ways of looking at objects, services and problems plus the use of local examples of research, objects and service providers that were then placed within an international context.

Roisin Gwyer commented on how the University of Glasgow programme is considered notable for the combination of theory and practice which relate to and build upon each other, and the inclusion of external speakers to share their knowledge and experience plus opportunities to work within and to visit a number of institutions reflect the emphasis on preparing future practitioners

CILIP’s learning provider accreditation programme is designed to help students choose information career programmes that cover the essential skills and knowledge, and have been rigorously assessed by CILIP. Accredited programmes are assessed using the CILIP PKSB which identifies the core knowledge and skills of the very broad information profession.

About UCL Qatar

UCL was established in 1826 in order to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL’s founding principles of academic excellence and research aimed at addressing real-world problems continue to inform the university’s ethos to this day. Over 38,000 students from 150 countries study at UCL. Our research extends to the far corners of the globe, and our numerous links and collaborations with leading institutions and organisations help enhance our status as London’s Global University.

UCL in partnership with Qatar Foundation has created UCL Qatar, a centre of excellence where students from Qatar and all over the world receive an education in cultural heritage of the highest quality. Our innovative postgraduate degree programmes are challenging, creative and designed to produce highly skilled and motivated professionals who will become the cultural leaders of tomorrow. Graduates from UCL Qatar have secured high profile roles in the cultural heritage, library and knowledge management sectors – locally, regionally and internationally.

About University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Among its alumni are the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin. The University of Glasgow’s broad-based excellence agenda has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our percentage of world-leading research has doubled to 31% since the last assessment in 2008.

The interdisciplinary research institute – HATII (the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) was launched in 1997, restructured as a subject area in the School of Humanities in 2014, and then re-launched in 2017 as Information Studies. The subject area is recognized as one of the oldest and most highly regarded interdisciplinary centres of excellence in information studies internationally. It is the only academic department in the United Kingdom (UK) to offer programmes in the fields of museum, archive and library studies and digital humanities, the only university in Scotland and one of five universities in Europe, to have both undergraduate and postgraduate accreditation, and one of only three in the UK with dual Archives and Records Association (ARA)/Chartered Institute of Librarian and Information Professionals (CILIP) accreditation.

About CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers

There are currently 23 CILIP accredited Learning Providers offering 84 programmes and 5 stand-alone modules in a broad range of information related subjects from Data Science to Museums and Gallery Practice.

Banner image: National Museum of Qatar by Dr Georgios Papaioannou.


Published: 8 July 2019


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