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This chapter refers to the approval of new programmes of study leading to a University award, and to existing programmes undergoing re-validation. The University’s definition of a programme of study, and the currently available awards in the University’s portfolio, to which a programme of study may lead, can be found in A1 of the University Regulations.
This section covers:
Faculty Executive and RAG approval
From 2020-21, all new (home) programme proposals must be approved for further development through the New Programme Development Process, through which a business case will be developed, in partnership with the Faculty Planning Partner (FPP), prior to sign-off by the Faculty Executive Group. The business case will then be assessed by a sub-group of the Recruitment & Admissions Group (RAG-NPG) – new programmes may not proceed to validation until RAG approval has been given.
For details of how to contact your FPP, and the stages and timescales involved in the process of developing a new programme proposal, please visit https://sites.google.com/brookes.ac.uk/portfoliodevelopment/home.
Establishing the PDT
Once the business case has been signed off by the Faculty Executive and approved by RAG-NPG, the PDT should be established, and the new programme will be added to the APQO and Faculty validation schedule. New programmes may, at this stage, be advertised as “subject to validation”.
LPAG will continue to consider proposals for new programmes to be delivered through collaborative arrangements – please refer to Chapter 5 of the Quality & Standards Handbook.
A meeting should be held between the Chair of the PDT, QAO, Faculty Quality Officer, Associate Dean Student Experience or PL Quality Assurance and Validation to agree key dates leading up to the approval event.
The PDT must prepare the following documentation for submission to the programme approval panel:
All proposals for new (or re-validated) programmes are considered by a Programme Approval Panel, acting on the principle of peer review.
After the Panel considered the criteria for programme approval, the panel event will result in one of the following three outcomes:
Read following the event for further information on the sign off process following an approval.