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Introduction

Programme approval is the process by which we ensure that any named award of Liverpool Hope University is of an appropriate standard and is designed to provide a positive learning experience for students. The University's framework for programme approval reflects the expectations and key principles which apply to all providers of higher education in the UK, as set out in the the UK Quality Code.

The University has a formal processes  for approving academic programmes and the following pages will help to guide you through the process.

If you are wishing to make a change to a programme that has already been approved, please refer to the information on the Making Modifications section of this site.

We would strongly advise staff to contact their Faculty Executive Officer as early as possible for advice on the approvals process.

If you are considering withdrawing or suspending entry to a programme, please refer to the Approved Policy for Withdrawal or Suspension of a Programme

Procedures are in place to routinely monitor and periodically review programmes, in order to assure the standards of awards and quality of the students’ learning experiences, and to maintain the currency of awards following initial approval.

For further information, please visit the following pages: Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE).

 

Guidance & Resources

Implementation of the FHEQ across the University: Using the FHEQ Please refer to the Guidance on Using the FHEQ ‌ in all programme development and design activities. Information on credit is also included in this short briefing paper.

For staff developing postgraduate awards - additional information on Master's degree characteristics  

For staff involved in Doctoral Degrees - additional information on Doctoral Degree characteristics 

For more information about preparing and designing programme specifications, please download the QAA Guidance on preparing programme specifications

 

Information for staff relating to the process for programme design and approval can be found in the 

Programme Design and Approval Handbook Version 2 June 2016 

Handbook

Programme Design and Approval Handbook Version 2 June 2016 

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education expects procedures for programme design and approval processes to be clearly described and communicated to all interested parties. This handbook provides guidance on the requirements for the approvals process for:

  • Staff (in Departments/Schools, Faculties, and partner organisations) responsible for the development, delivery and oversight of academic provision;
  • Student representatives / students interested in the processes by which programmes of study are approved;
  • QAA institutional review teams, professional bodies and other external agencies with an interest in the quality and standards of the University’s academic provision.

This handbook covers the following:

  • approval of new programmes of study leading to an award of the University

Note that separate guidance is available relating to:

  • approval of short courses leading to the award of University credit (typically professional development provision)
  • approval of modifications to existing provision (at programme level or below).
  • withdrawal or suspension of programmes

This handbook forms part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic quality framework and is to be seen in that wider context. All of the University’s quality handbooks are approved by Senate upon recommendation from Academic Committee

Making Modifications

It is expected that, from time to time, there may be a need to modify our approved provision. The reasons for MMAP may vary, reflecting matters such as developments within a subject area, innovations within teaching and learning, enhancement actions following student feedback/annual monitoring or in light of the University’s strategic positioning within the sector. It is essential therefore that the University has robust systems in place to manage modifications.

The Liverpool Hope University Policy on MMAP  outlines the process that is to be followed by staff when seeking to make major, minor and trivial modifications to approved provision and also provides additional guidance.  

Please note: If your programme is accredited by a professional, statutory or regulatory body, please consider the impact that major modifications may have on your accreditation. In some circumstances a major change to an award (or part thereof) may result in the recognition form PSRBs no longer being appropriate. It is recommended that you consult with the appropriate body prior to making curriculum changes so that this is not done inadvertently.

Please also ensure that any material changes are carefully managed and communicated to current students and applicants to ensure that we remain compliant with CMA requirements. 

 

The MMAP Form   ‌‌‌has been provided in MS Word format for ease of download and completion.‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

Templates & Forms

New Programme Proposal Form (March 2016)  - this must be submitted to Rectorate Team in the event that a subject team wishes to introduce a new programme). Only once Rectorate Team have approved the proposal should the team progress to the development phase. 

External Reviewer Template (currently in revision) 

Response to Conditions / Action Log (currently in revision)

 

MMAP Form

 

 

 

Introduction

Programme approval is the process by which we ensure that any named award of Liverpool Hope University is of an appropriate standard and is designed to provide a positive learning experience for students. The University's framework for programme approval reflects the expectations and key principles which apply to all providers of higher education in the UK, as set out in the the UK Quality Code.

The University has a formal processes  for approving academic programmes and the following pages will help to guide you through the process.

If you are wishing to make a change to a programme that has already been approved, please refer to the information on the Making Modifications section of this site.

We would strongly advise staff to contact their Faculty Executive Officer as early as possible for advice on the approvals process.

If you are considering withdrawing or suspending entry to a programme, please refer to the Approved Policy for Withdrawal or Suspension of a Programme

Procedures are in place to routinely monitor and periodically review programmes, in order to assure the standards of awards and quality of the students’ learning experiences, and to maintain the currency of awards following initial approval.

For further information, please visit the following pages: Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE).

 

Guidance & Resources

Implementation of the FHEQ across the University: Using the FHEQ Please refer to the Guidance on Using the FHEQ ‌ in all programme development and design activities. Information on credit is also included in this short briefing paper.

For staff developing postgraduate awards - additional information on Master's degree characteristics  

For staff involved in Doctoral Degrees - additional information on Doctoral Degree characteristics 

For more information about preparing and designing programme specifications, please download the QAA Guidance on preparing programme specifications

 

Information for staff relating to the process for programme design and approval can be found in the 

Programme Design and Approval Handbook Version 2 June 2016 

Handbook

Programme Design and Approval Handbook Version 2 June 2016 

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education expects procedures for programme design and approval processes to be clearly described and communicated to all interested parties. This handbook provides guidance on the requirements for the approvals process for:

  • Staff (in Departments/Schools, Faculties, and partner organisations) responsible for the development, delivery and oversight of academic provision;
  • Student representatives / students interested in the processes by which programmes of study are approved;
  • QAA institutional review teams, professional bodies and other external agencies with an interest in the quality and standards of the University’s academic provision.

This handbook covers the following:

  • approval of new programmes of study leading to an award of the University

Note that separate guidance is available relating to:

  • approval of short courses leading to the award of University credit (typically professional development provision)
  • approval of modifications to existing provision (at programme level or below).
  • withdrawal or suspension of programmes

This handbook forms part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic quality framework and is to be seen in that wider context. All of the University’s quality handbooks are approved by Senate upon recommendation from Academic Committee

Making Modifications

It is expected that, from time to time, there may be a need to modify our approved provision. The reasons for MMAP may vary, reflecting matters such as developments within a subject area, innovations within teaching and learning, enhancement actions following student feedback/annual monitoring or in light of the University’s strategic positioning within the sector. It is essential therefore that the University has robust systems in place to manage modifications.

The Liverpool Hope University Policy on MMAP  outlines the process that is to be followed by staff when seeking to make major, minor and trivial modifications to approved provision and also provides additional guidance.  

Please note: If your programme is accredited by a professional, statutory or regulatory body, please consider the impact that major modifications may have on your accreditation. In some circumstances a major change to an award (or part thereof) may result in the recognition form PSRBs no longer being appropriate. It is recommended that you consult with the appropriate body prior to making curriculum changes so that this is not done inadvertently.

Please also ensure that any material changes are carefully managed and communicated to current students and applicants to ensure that we remain compliant with CMA requirements. 

 

The MMAP Form   ‌‌‌has been provided in MS Word format for ease of download and completion.‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

Templates & Forms

New Programme Proposal Form (March 2016)  - this must be submitted to Rectorate Team in the event that a subject team wishes to introduce a new programme). Only once Rectorate Team have approved the proposal should the team progress to the development phase. 

External Reviewer Template (currently in revision) 

Response to Conditions / Action Log (currently in revision)

 

MMAP Form