5.1 Reasons for closure

  • Reason for closure may vary and it is important that the appropriate closure process is followed.

    5.1.1 There are a variety of reasons why a decision may be taken to close a programme, including, inter alia:

    • a decline in student demand such that the viability of the provision is threatened
    • a new programme is approved which replaces existing provision
    • a reduction in funding or in funded student numbers
    • documented concerns about the standards and/or quality of the provision, which may affect its credibility
    • a change in University, Faculty or the partner’s priorities for academic development
    • failure to meet the criteria set by the Portfolio Development & Review Advisory Group following a portfolio analysis exercise

    5.1.2 Many programme closures at Oxford Brookes are routine administrative exercises, involving the closure of programmes with no remaining students, or of those from which students are transferring onto improved, newly-validated replacement programmes.  However, some programme closures require more complex issues to be addressed because the decision to close has implications for:

    • remaining students, in respect of completing their studies
    • applicants holding offers of places on the programme
    • staff, whose positions may be at risk 

    The procedures to be followed in these cases are set out in section 6.3. The appropriate closure process must be followed in order to assure the quality and standards of provision being phased out, so as to prevent reputational damage to the University and to protect the interests of students and applicants.