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Please also read guidance note G2.3
3.3 All proposals for new (or re-validated) programmes of study are considered by a programme approval panel, acting on the principle of peer review. Programme teams and approval panels should note that they have a shared responsibility for identifying and solving any issues with a proposal, in order to achieve a successful outcome for the approval process.
3.4 Programme approval panels should be constituted as follows*:
*For short courses, approval decisions are devolved to panels operating on behalf of the Faculty QLIC/AESC; however, in the case of short courses delivered in partnership with another organisation, the panel should be chaired by an appropriate member of University staff from outside the proposing Faculty.
3.5 *External Assessors should have had no previous involvement with the development of the programme, nor should they have been an external examiner within the Department in the last five years. They must have:
3.6 **Internal panel members must have experience of delivering and assessing at the level of the award under consideration, and a good understanding of the University’s quality assurance requirements. An APQO/OCSLD workshop is available for staff wishing to take part in approval panels - particularly aimed at those who wish to become chairs. Other considerations for the selection of internal panel members include:
3.7 The membership of individual panels will be negotiated between the PDT and the link QAO, who will approve the final constitution of the panel. In particular, the details of proposed External Assessors must be presented separately to the link QAO, for approval against the criteria below, using the
External Assessor nomination form (T2.5).
In the case of a conjoint approval event with a professional body, the panel should also include a representative of the PSRB - this representative is normally nominated by the PSRB and notified to the University, and they should also be listed in the panel nomination form, for information.