Programme approval, modification, suspension and withdrawal

Information about the New Course Approval process can be found at the following intranet site (internal access only).

Processes are designed to ensure that any new or significantly revised programmes are academically appropriate and robust, in line with the University’s and local strategic aims, financially viable, and underpinned by the necessary resources.

The University’s processes for programme approval, modification and withdrawal or suspension are informed by the Quality Assurance Agency’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Advice and Guidance themes on Course Design and Development and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision which consists only of individual modules not leading to a named award does not fall under the remit of this guidance. Instead, individual CPD modules follow the normal module approval categories via School Education Committee (SEC) / Faculty Education Committee (FEC).

Proposals for programmes delivered in collaboration with other institutions must meet the requirements set out for programme approval but will also be subject to additional scrutiny. The process will be informed not just by the programme approval criteria but also by the Educational Partnerships Code of Practice. For further information contact the Educational Partnerships team.