It is a process carried out by an agency external to Higher Education Institutions, that offers recognition for the research and teaching merits of lecturers and professors.
How many types of accreditation are there and when can they be applied for?
Lecturers and professors can request accreditation via the Spanish State Agency (ANECA) or the Regional Agency (AQU).
The Spanish National University Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ANECA) has a call that is open all year round. It has different programmes to evaluate teaching and research activities among lecturers and professors, such as:
The PEP Programme (Programme for the Evaluation of Professors and Lecturers as far as hiring is concerned): This programme evaluates the positions of Instructor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in a Private University
The ACADEMIA programme: This programme evaluates the profiles of applicants who are candidates to become Senior Lecturers and Full Professors
The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU) has two calls per year:
A brief CV containing bibliographical details of the five research contributions to be analysed, a brief summary of the objectives and the most stand-out results of the research, as well as the quality indicators of the contribution.
Full curriculum vitae: CVN.
An original updated ‘service record’ covering the period the evaluation has been applied for, describing the level of dedication of the applicant during that time. If the research was undertaken in a centre that is not included on the ‘service record’ a copy of the contracts, credentials of the grant-holder or similar documents must be attached.