Each course and undergraduate subject strand is assigned to a revalidation unit or sub-unit following its initial approval. These are normally groupings of cognate programmes agreed by the Faculty for the purposes of the efficient organisation of the re-approval process, taking account of commonality in modules and resources and to allow a subject overview to be presented. Sub-units reflect discipline and/or campus provision and/or distinguish between undergraduate and postgraduate level. In some cases, courses may be revalidated on an individual basis. Revalidations may be organised in conjunction with relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.
Revalidations follows a regular five year cycle. Each unit or sub-unit is allocated to a particular revalidation year within a quinquennial cycle. The full five year schedule is given here.
The monthly schedule for subject units undergoing revalidation in the 2017/18 academic year is given here and the schedule by Faculty is given here. (The monthly schedule for subject units undergoing revalidation in the 2018/19 academic year is given here.) New courses are assigned to a particular unit or sub-unit as part of the initial approval process. This determines their period of approval.
The list of courses and subject strands within units/sub-units may be found here.
At the end of the period of approval, in the final year, the courses and subject strands within the unit are presented afresh for revalidation by a University panel which includes external subject experts. The revalidation exercise is not a periodic review and there is no requirement for a detailed critical self-appraisal of the operation of the provision during the preceding period nor is viability considered in detail. No detailed statistical profiles are provided. Such matters are addressed through the annual monitoring processes. The panel meets with students to obtain their views directly. The primary purpose of revalidation is the re-affirmation of the standards set for the awards and the courses within the unit and their continuing currency and relevance to the University's mission. It aims to ensure that for each award-bearing course and undergraduate subject strand:
Full details of the revalidation process and University expectations may be found in the Programme Approval Management and Review Handbook (Section H) or the Partnership Handbook (Part III, Section J or Part IV, Section Q). The Academic Office manages the activity through:
The Faculty appoints a Revalidation Unit Co-ordinator to oversee arrangements within the Faculty.
The Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice offers support in preparation for revalidation.
An aide memoire for revalidation teams and panels is available here.
Teams offering honours degrees should use the online Employability Development Opportunities Review Tool (EDORT) in reviewing and developing the curriculum. This has been mandatory for all programmes from 2012/13. The toolkit is accessible in the Student Employability site through the University staff portal.
2017/18 reports of revalidation panels are available here.