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The authority to initiate the programme closure process lies Faculty Executive groups, Senior Management Team or LPAG. However, Academic Board has the ultimate authority for making academic decisions about the University’s portfolio.
5.2.1 Since the closure of a programme is primarily a business decision, the authority to initiate the programme closure process lies with the appropriate Faculty Executive group, acting on the advice of the relevant academic Department/School and (if appropriate) with the approval of the University’s Senior Management Team.
In some cases (e.g. the closure of a partnership which involves more than one Faculty), a closure decision may originate from SMT, who will nominate a PVC/Dean to convene an exit group to take the closure process forward (see section 5.3).
The Portfolio Development & Advisory Group may also recommend that Faculty Executive Groups consider the future of programmes that have been unable to meet the criteria for quality and/or demand. Also see section 5.4 on suspension of recruitment.
5.2.2 However, the Academic Board has ultimate authority for making academic decisions about the University’s portfolio of programmes, and - via its sub-committees, primarily AESC and CPSC - it may bring concerns about academic standards or quality to the attention of the relevant Faculty Executive group or to SMT, and ask them to consider whether a programme should be closed.
In order to conclude the closure process, the relevant Faculty Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee (or, for cross-University provision, University AESC) must approve the delivery and quality assurance arrangements to be put in place while existing students complete their programme of study.