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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:
T2.1 New Programme Registration Form
G2.5 Key Deadlines for Programme Approval and Modification
Chapter 2 (full text)
Faculty approval You must have your initial proposal approved by the Faculty Executive Group before it can proceed to validation. The format of submission may vary depending on Faculty requirements, so please consult your Associate Dean Strategy and Development for advice.
Establishing a Programme Development Team (PDT) and new programme registration Following Faculty approval, a PDT should be established and if a brand new programme is being proposed, a New Programme Registration Form (T2.1) must be submitted to the Quality Assurance Officer (QAO). New programmes may, at this stage, be advertised as “subject to validation”.
Timescales It is important to consider key deadlines for programme approval and modification and to decide on deadlines for completion of the approval process early on.
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.