Student Inspectors

The British Accreditation Council (BAC) has operated for over 30 years as a well-recognised inspection body, providing accreditation and related services for a wide variety of training and education institutions, both in the UK and abroad. Accreditation by BAC provides an internationally recognised and highly respected mark of quality.

BAC is actively looking to recruit students, who are currently studying in higher education institutions that do not currently hold BAC accreditation, and who could fulfil the following roles:

Inspections

Working as an integral part of our inspection teams when conducting inspections of higher education institutions, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The successful applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to:

  • behave and dress professionally at all times
  • respond promptly to all requests from the BAC office
  • work as part of a small team of professional inspectors
  • follow instructions from the Lead Inspector
  • act with tact and diplomacy, especially when dealing with staff at the institutions
  • report on findings accurately and clearly
  • maintain strict confidentiality
  • make clear judgements based on evidence.

This work will attract a daily fee of £110 and retainer fees for travel days in connection with overseas inspections, if applicable. All travel and accommodation expenses are met by BAC and a daily subsistence fee is payable.

 Council and Accreditation Committee meetings

Appointed student inspectors will also be asked to sit on BAC’s Council, which is comprised of individuals and nominees of stakeholder organisations, which are closely involved in maintaining education standards. They also sit on the Accreditation Committee, which has full authority from the Council to make decisions regarding applications for accreditation and has oversight of our accreditation systems and standards.

The following qualities and/or experience will be required of the successful applicant:

  • experience as a committee member, student representative (for example as part of a student union) and/or student union officer (for example as an elected student representative on an Academic Board or Board of Governors)
  • an understanding of quality assurance and its role in ensuring standards in the education and training sectors
  • ability to grasp new ideas quickly and respond appropriately
  • an understanding of the further education, higher education and/or training sectors

We estimate the time commitment to be around seven days across a 12-month period. Meetings are held in central London.

These posts are unpaid but expenses incurred while carrying out BAC business will be reimbursed.

 As a student inspector, you will benefit from:

  • Opportunities to travel internationally and see how other universities are managed and operate
  • Being inspired and getting excellent practice in conducting yourself in a professional environment
  • Gaining valuable insight into quality assurance and standards within the education and training sector
  • Having the opportunity to assist in ensuring that standards are maintained and improved.

It is an exciting time to be involved in the work of BAC, with the charity in the process of seeking further external recognition of its work, while also pursuing a number of international projects.

If you are interested in applying for the post of Student Inspector, please send your CV and a brief covering letter to Diana Morriss (diana.morriss@the-bac.org). In your covering letter, please explain why you are interested in the post and provide some detail on how the above qualities and experience are met.