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1. Outline Proposal

Any proposed new provision is put forward by a department and then initially considered in detail by the Academic Planning Committee (APC), taking into account the rationale, market demand, costs, and resource requirements.

2. Programme Development

After the outline proposal has been approved by the APC, a group of external subject experts and internal University representatives may discuss the proposed programme with the Programme Team as a Steering Group. The Steering Group can make recommendations to the Programme Planning Team about the proposed programme and will indicate to the Faculty Board of Studies when a programme is ready to be formally considered for Programme Approval.

3. Programme Approval

Programmes and frameworks of study may be considered for approval by any one of the mechanisms below:

Validation Panel (VP)

The majority of new programmes and frameworks will be considered by a VP. The VP, which consists of external subject experts and internal University representatives, will determine whether a programme or framework is fit for approval or not; in doing so it takes account of the University’s requirements for its designated awards and, if appropriate, any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory bodies.

Special Approval Panel (SAP)

A SAP, which consists of external subject experts and internal University representatives, does not consider new programmes and frameworks. Instead it examines a modest extension to an existing framework or programme, a new programme comprising predominantly pre-validated modules, a major modification to an existing programme of study, or approval of Professional Certificates and non-award-bearing activities that do not lead to an award of the University of Chester.

Site Authorisation (SA)

A SA will consider approval to deliver existing curriculum on a site different from that for which the original approval was given. Where this relates to an established campus of the University approval for delivery may be granted through direct application to the APC. Where this relates to the site of another organisation, a formal site authorisation meeting, normally held at the new delivery site, will be required supported by programme documentation. The focus of a site authorisation will be on resources to support delivery, including human, learning and physical, the student experience, and programme management.

The outcome of the Programme Approval stage is to make a recommendation on whether or not to approve the proposed programme to the relevant Faculty Bard of Studies.

4. Faculty Board of Studies / University Senate

Faculty Board of Studies make a recommendation to University Senate who are responsible for approval all new University provision.