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Programme Approval

All award bearing provision is subject to a robust system of approval that addresses internal and external expectations for academic programme design and approval. The University operates a series of approval / modification processes to suit the scale and / or impact of the introduction or modification being made. These processes range from formal validation of new provision (engaging external subject experts and internal University representatives) to Faculty Board of Studies’ consideration of updates and minor revisions.

For programme approval queries please contact progapps@chester.ac.uk

Programme Monitoring

All taught programmes are subject to Continuous Monitoring and Enhancement (CME) and all postgraduate research (PGR) provision is subject to annual monitoring. The reports arising from each of these processes are considered at the relevant Faculty Board of Studies. Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee exercises institutional oversight of the CME process and institutional oversight of the PGR Annual monitoring process is exercised by Postgraduate sub-Committee.

For monitoring queries please contact monitoringandreview@chester.ac.uk

Academic Periodic Review

Departments are subject to Academic Periodic Review every five years. In order to ensure that the University can have confidence in the quality of the learning experience and standard of achievement in different subject areas each academic department is required to undergo Academic Periodic Review every five years.

The overall focus of the review is on using information as an evidence base to identify trends in recruitment, student satisfaction and student outcomes and evaluate how well the department has responded to key challenges and built upon areas of success and good practice. The findings of the review will be used to inform plans for further enhancement to provision and practice, as well as action points where improvement is required.

For departmental Academic Periodic Review queries please contact progapps@chester.ac.uk