The programme validation process is a key mechanism through which the university assures academic standards.
General Validation Information
The University’s Quality Handbook can be found here. The University has also developed additional guidance notes and templates relating to validation and revalidation. Below is some general information about the validation process.
- Validation procedures and processes (Taught)
- Procedures for the approval of Research Degrees
- Threshold criteria for validation is the criteria against which programmes are measured at validation
- Processes for the Approval and Management of Associate Partners
- Processes for the Approval and Management of School Direct and SCITT Partnerships
- Processes for the Approval and Management of Articulation and Guaranteed Progression Arrangements
- Academic design principles
The academic design principles are designed to:
- Create a simpler, more coherent and consistent approach to programme and pathway structures
- Deliver a stable relevant offer at level 4 which supports new students on transition into higher education
- Create a strong cohort identity from the outset
- Create a more stable timetable
- Enable more effective and efficient student administration and support
- Enable more efficient curriculum delivery.
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The validation processes are designed to ensure the Unversity aligns to the QAA Quality Code. In particular:
- Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards.
- Part B1: Programme Design, Development and Approval.
- Part B8: Programme Monitoring and Review.
In the development of proposals, programme teams will want to make use of the QAA's Characteristics Statements (for different types of awards) and the Subject Benchmark Statements. These now all form part of Part A of the Quality Code.
Details on how the University will manage and use personal information provided by Validation Panel members is available in our Privacy Notice (Validation)