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Re-approval of existing courses

The primary reference for teams preparing for course re-approval is the University’s procedure for the re-approval of existing courses. The guidance below is designed to complement the procedure, summarising the process and providing accompanying forms and document templates.


Re-approval events

The process culminates in a re-approval event, where the course is subject to detailed scrutiny by an acknowledged group of experienced peers including internal and external academics, employer representatives and a student representative. During the event, the re-approval panel meets with students currently enrolled on the course (and possibly recent graduates) and with the course team (including further employer representatives where appropriate). A tour of facilities and resources may also be provided. At the end of the re-approval event, the panel makes a decision on whether the course has been re-approved for continuing delivery. Approval may be conditional upon certain points being satisfactorily addressed, either before the start of the next academic year or by a subsequent agreed deadline.

A report on the re-approval event is submitted to the Quality Committee for information. The Quality Committee reports to Senate on all courses that have been successfully re-approved, including confirmation of the agreed period of continuing validation (which is normally five years).