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Before they may confer an approval decision, programme approval panels must gain evidence - from the documentation submitted and from discussions with the programme team (and students and other stakeholders, as appropriate) - that the University’s programme approval criteria have been met; or that they are likely to be met within a reasonable period from the panel event, such that conditional approval may be given. The Teaching Excellence & Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) expects course design, development, standards and assessment to be “effective in stretching students to develop independence, knowledge, understanding and skills that reflect their full potential” (criterion TQ3). Panels should bear this in mind when considering whether the criteria for the approval of new (and re-validated) programmes have been met.
**The approval criteria are set out in guidance note G2.3 Conduct of Approval Panels.