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2.4.1 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. Information about training for panel chairs and members is available on the APQO website.
Also read G2.3 Conduct of Approval Panels
2.4.2 Programme approval panels should be constituted as follows:
2.4.3 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:
2.4.4 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 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:
2.4.5 The membership of individual panels will be negotiated between the PDT and the link QAO, who will approve the final constitution of the panel - the panel nomination form (T2.4) may be used to keep a record of proposed members.
The details of proposed External Assessors must also 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.