The University has been working to develop an approach to ensure that we can maintain our threshold standards and assure the quality of our programmes whilst managing a significant scale of change in the coming year as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. On 18 May Quality and Academic Standards approved an outline approach to categorise the changes to be made and manage them in a way that is proportionate.
This approach has been designed to be flexible to our circumstances but also robust and protect both the student experience and the value of our programmes.
The guidance note includes examples to help you to categorise your programmes changes into green, amber or red and the actions required.
This approach is only to be used for changes related to Covid-19; new programmes or other 'normal' changes that you might wish to propose throughout the year should continue to be managed as normal.
Changes to taught provision, including suspension or withdrawal of modules or programmes, are a natural result of the University's Quality Framework (which promotes continuous enhancement of taught provision via annual and periodic review) and strategies and planning at all levels of the institution.
The Policy and Guidance on Changes to Taught Provision (including the Withdrawal and Suspension of Programmes and Modules) covers the procedures to be adopted when modifying programme specifications, module specifications or degree regulations and where there are plans to cease or suspend teaching provision. Its objective is to provide effective pathways for making changes that take appropriate account of the need to assure quality and to safeguard the interests of students. The Policy and Guidance takes account of the advice to higher education providers from the Competition & Markets Authority (March 2015) on consumer protection law.
Proposed changes to the taught provision should be summarised in the Pro-forma-for-changes-to-taught-provision or the pro forma for the withdrawal or suspension or modules of programmes as appropriate, and submitted to the QAS office, along with the relevant documentation, for consideration but the Quality and Academic Standards Committee.
The University’s Emergency Powers Procedures covers the situation where substantive changes need to be made outwith the normal reporting process.
Pro forma for proposing substantive changes to modules, programmes or regulationsGuidance , Policy, Form
University E-consultation posting process for new taught provision, changes to taught provision and changes to regulations
University E-consultation posting process for new taught provision, changes to taught provision and changes to regulationsGuidance , Policy
This approach is only to be used for changes related to Covid-19; new programmes or other 'normal' changes that you might wish to propose throughout the year should continue to be managed as normalGuidance
Policy and guidance on changes to taught provision (including withdrawal and suspension of programmes and modules)
Policy and guidance on changes to taught provision when modifying programme specifications, module specifications or degree regulations and where there are plans to cease or suspend teaching provisionGuidance , Policy, Form
Pro forma for proposing late (past February deadline) new modules, programmes and substantive changes to modules, programmes or regulations,Guidance , Policy, Form