2.2 Programme Development Team (PDT)

  • 2.2.1 The role of the PDT is to provide a forum through which the design of a new (or re-validated) programme may be informed by a range of expertise from within and – crucially - external to the University, so as to meet sector expectations and the University’s criteria for approval. The PDT is responsible for ensuring that appropriate consultation takes place, and for the preparation of the programme documentation to an appropriate standard for submission to an approval panel.

    2.2.2 The PDT must work with relevant colleagues in the Faculty and Directorates to ensure that the new or re-validated programme:

    • is consistent with key external reference points, such as subject benchmark statements and professional body standards;
    • meets the expectations of University strategies, policies and guidance relating to excellence in teaching, learning and assessment;
    • complies with the relevant University Regulations;
    • provides students with high quality teaching and learning support, including learning resources and specialist teaching facilities;
    • takes into account the views of a wide range of stakeholders, as appropriate to the provision and the context in which it is to be delivered.

    T2.3 External adviser report   PDT Chair? Also read G2.1 Preparing for Programme Approval


    2.2.3 In order to ensure that these tasks are effectively completed, the PDT membership must include:

    • Chair (usually the Programme Lead/Subject Coordinator or Liaison Manager);
    • Academic staff (especially the leaders of all compulsory modules) who will be involved in the delivery of the programme;
    • External Adviser/s (for re-validations, the current External Examiner may be asked to fulfil this role);
    • Faculty Head of Finance & Planning (for collaborative arrangements);
    • Academic Liaison Librarian;
    • OCSLD link Educational Development Consultant;
    • APQO link Quality Assurance Officer;
    • Student Central link Curriculum & Student Information Manager;
    • Secretary (usually a Faculty Quality Officer or Programme Administrator);
    • Students and other stakeholders should also be invited to join the PDT, as appropriate;
    • the Academic Office Timetabling Team should be consulted on timetabling options, and advice should be sought from the Faculty Marketing Manager on the effective marketing and promotion of the programme.

    NOTE: The PL(QA), or equivalent, and the Associate Dean (Student Experience) may also wish to attend PDT meetings in order to assure themselves that the PDT is adhering to agreed deadlines for consultation and development, and that the documentation is being prepared to an appropriate standard. They should, as a minimum, be treated as members of the PDT in respect of circulation of documents, agendas and action points, but may choose to maintain an overview of progress via regular updates from the PDT Chair rather than attendance at meetings.


    2.2.4 In order to avoid excessive pressure on staff workloads, it is not necessary for all members to attend every meeting of the PDT. However, members must attend meetings at which their expertise is required in order to progress the business of the PDT - the agenda of each meeting must therefore be provided to all members in sufficient time to enable the appropriate personnel to make arrangements to attend.