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Tomorrow has arrived with online reviews
- Friday February 19, 2021
By Martin Polland, IHE Senior Vice President
While 2020 has brought many challenges it has brought some positives as well. Prior to the pandemic, in February the IHE Council discussed the idea of setting environmental challenges to ourselves. We discussed moving things forward to save travel and ultimately doing our bit to reduce carbon emissions.
Little did we know that some weeks later the pandemic would alter our working lives, requiring us to rethink how we operate and undertake daily tasks. From this, our desire to move to an online platform for undertaking professional reviews was born. This allows applications to professional registration to continue and offers a solution to our members who had applied prior to the pandemic.
So what has changed? In years gone past extensive travel would have been undertaken by both reviewers and candidates. We can now confirm that online reviews are now part of our well-established process for undertaking professional reviews. Work was undertaken, with assistance sought from other institutes and the Engineering Council, to move to online reviews in the summer of 2020. The first one was held in October, virtually, in the reviewer’s and applicant’s homes. The fact that it had a successful outcome was the icing on the cake.
Moving forward we are looking to roll out a ‘preparing for professional review’ course in spring this year, which will include an overview of the online review process. Given the speed at which things have moved it now feels part of our everyday business for the IHE. If you are looking to become professionally qualified pleased don’t hesitate to get in touch with the IHE via HQ. The online review process has been a major highlight of 2020 and a rare positive that will last for many years to come.
Find out more at: https://www.theihe.org/professional-registration
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