The Institute became aware very recently of the University of West of Scotland’s (UWS) decision not to accept first year entrants (2024/25) to the BSc Hons in Environmental Health with Professional Practice course.

In light of this concerning news, the Institute requested an urgent meeting with the University which was held on Tuesday 5 March where unfortunately the University confirmed their decision.  The Institute is extremely disappointed with this and understand that the University are reviewing the current structure of the course.  The University will continue to accept entrants to second year and are committed to supporting all students who are enrolled on the course. 

The Institute has given a commitment to work with UWS and other partners on this critical issue. We will endeavour to keep all members updated with progress on this.

Annual Environmental Health Forum

This year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum under the theme ‘Resilience; Professional, Local and National Perspectives’ comprises of a full day session on Wednesday 24 April 2024 is being delivered in hybrid format at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

We have an excellent line up of acclaimed speakers from key organisations including John Beresford from Scottish Government Resilience Division; Dr Elizabeth Lawson from Newcastle University speaking about rural and island community led projects; Dr Michelle Gillies of Public Health Scotland speaking on the effect of climate change on population health and Dr Ria Dunkley, University of Glasgow presenting the GALLANT project, plus lots more!

To book a place, please follow this link Annual Forum – REHIS

Community Training

The Institute held a very successful first ever Scottish Certificate for Personal License Holders (SCPLH) Presenters update on Tuesday 19 March, with most of our Licensing centres in attendance.  For anyone interested in becoming an approved training centre to offer Licensing courses, please contact the Director of Training by email

DIARY DATES – Professional Courses

The Institute is busy organising the professional courses for the year, the details of which will all appear on the website, under Professional Development and Events. Dates for your diary so far include:

  • Pollution Update 22 May 2024
  • Food Update 5 June 2024
  • Health and Safety Update 4 September 2024
  • Environmental Health Update 22 November 2024
  • Environmental Public Health and Housing Update 27 November 2024


A huge thank you to all those who have submitted CPD, most of which were now administered through the online system of the website.  The list of EHOs holding Chartered EHO status will appear in a Journal later in the year.