Course approval, monitoring and review

We are committed to providing a high quality and transformative student experience. We have developed rigorous procedures to ensure that the standards and quality of our courses are maintained and enhanced and we want to work in partnership with you as part of this.

New course proposals are examined by a University panel which includes external academic members and employer or professional body representatives, where appropriate.  Courses are given a period of approval at the end of which they undergo revalidation. Courses are normally revalidated on a five yearly cycle.

External examiners provide annual reports on the standards of courses. These and the course committee’s response are available to you in the Course Support Area of the VLE.

Module review is conducted at the end of each semester in which a module has been provided. Faculties undertake annual monitoring of all provision.

Procedures for obtaining student views on aspects of course design and delivery are an integral part of the University’s quality assurance processes and these views are considered both during delivery of programmes and as part of formal annual monitoring and revalidation.

You will be asked to complete questionnaires on the quality of modules and, in your final undergraduate year, to participate in the National Student Survey.

Courses are subject to on-going development and updating. You will be consulted about or informed of any changes that affect your programme of study.

Under national arrangements and in common with all institutions of Higher Education in the United Kingdom, the University’s quality assurance arrangements are subject to audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.

These audits include seeking student views on the University’s provision both from the Students’ Union as representatives of the student body as a whole and from students in individual subject areas.

In addition those courses, which have professional, statutory or regulatory body recognition or accreditation, are subject to the standards and quality assurance arrangements of the relevant body.