• 3. New awards and other variations from the regulations

    There may be instances in which a new programme proposal does not fit within the existing University frameworks, and this section gives details of how to apply for variations. These processes may also be used for existing programmes.

    This section covers:

  • Addition of new award

    • Initial approval
      A strong rationale is required for the addition of any new awards. Where a PDT believes it is necessary to establish a new award type, they must secure Academic Board’s approval as soon as possible after Faculty initial approval has been granted, well in advance of the programme approval event.
    • Proposal format
      The submission must provide a clear rationale for the establishment of this new award, referring to:
      • the list of existing University awards, giving an explanation of why none of the awards in the current portfolio will suffice
      • the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the Higher Education Credit Framework for England
      • the needs of the discipline, i.e. how the new title expresses the nature of the programme/s of study it will relate to; and the extent to which it is being used by other higher education institutions, including examples of the award being used elsewhere
      • employer requirements, i.e. how the qualification will be recognised within the relevant profession/industry

    Variation from the University Regulations

    The University’s expectation is that new programmes of study should be designed to fit within the University Regulations, which are informed by relevant sector guidance. However, it is recognised that it may be necessary for a minority of programmes to vary from the regulations in certain respects in order to meet national expectations in the discipline or profession. 

    Where a programme team wishes to apply for a variation from the University Regulations - either for new or existing programmes - AESC approval must be sought prior to the application of the variation. In the case of new programmes, this approval must be secured in advance of the approval event. 

    The Application for Variation from the Regulations (T2.2b) requires programme teams to provide a clear rationale for the proposal, including reference to: 

    • the consultation process (students, employers, external examiners, etc) 
    • the potential impact on any University policies on assessment  
    • relevant professional body requirements 

    The proforma must be signed off by the FAESC (Chair) before submission to AESC for approval.