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5.2 Policies and procedures relating to academic services

5.2.1 Quality Handbook

The operation of the University’s academic provision is set out in the Quality Handbook which is available to download from the Academic Quality & Standards page

The Academic Quality and Standards Unit takes responsibility for ensuring that programmes undergo appropriate preparation, review and approval.

Programme Approval

Proposals for new courses are put together and must accompany a Form 1 which sets out the rationale for the programme, the market demand, the fit with the University’s ethos and strategy. If approved by the Executive Dean’s Team, work to develop the programme is authorised and an external adviser appointed to support the staff team. When the programme has been developed, it will undergo a Resource Schedule meeting to ascertain the resource costs to deliver it. Subject to the proposed programme delivering an acceptance percentage contribution to central costs, a Programme Approval procedure will be commenced, routed via the Academic Standards Committee and finally to the Academic Board.

Annual Monitoring

Each academic department will undergo an annual monitoring process to review the programmes it operates and assess any areas for improvement. These may be identified by the External Examiner, by students through the National Student Survey or via other vehicles such as the Programme Board.

Periodic Review

All programmes will undergo a fundamental ‘Periodic Review’ every five years. The Academic Standards Committee will monitor the implementation of any conditions placed upon the programme.

Through this important activity, once any conditions have been addressed, a formal recommendation will be made to the Academic Board to authorise the continuation of the programme.

5.2.2 Procedures for Honorary Awards

The award of Honorary Degrees and Honorary Fellowships is overseen by the Academic Board’s Honorary Awards Committee.

This is a joint Committee of the Board of Governors and the Academic Board and is chaired by a Governor. Further information about Honorary Awards is set out in Section 4.4 of the Publication Scheme.

5.2.3 Procedures for changing academic programme

Full details about the procedures for changing course (and other changes to registration) are contained within the online Student Handbook.

The purpose of this process is to ensure that the change has been fully advised and agreed to by those responsible for running the programme, or part of the programme to which they wish to transfer. Students are also advised to discuss such changes with their Academic Advisor. The process requires completion, sign-off and submission of a Change in Registration form. Students should not leave a programme or module until their transfer has been confirmed by Academic Registry.

5.2.4 Policy on student assessment

The Policy on student assessment is set out in the Academic Regulations

5.2.5      Appeal procedures and policy on breach of assessment regulations

The procedure for students to submit an appeal is set out in the Academic Regulations.