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University Programme Approval Committee

In accordance with the Programme Approval and Programme Amendment Policies, the University Programme Approval Committee will consider proposals for new credit-bearing provision and proposals for significant amendments to existing credit-bearing provision.  The University Programme Approval Committee is divided into Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Programme Approval Committee (Stage 1)

Terms of Reference

  1. To consider the overall strategic and educational fit of the proposal in relation to:
    a. Fit with the University’s and School(s)’s Vision and Strategic Plan;
    b. The outline curriculum content;
    c. The market, including potential student and employer demand;
    d. Financial viability, with reference to discussions undertaken as part of the planning process).
  2. To consider resource requirements for successful programme delivery
  3. To ensure the proposal aligns with the University’s Academic Policies and Regulations and any additional national requirements.
  4. To consider any initial student views on the proposal.
  5. To consider the quality, accuracy and accessibility of the potential published information to be provided to students and potential students.
  6. To propose any enhancements, drawing on good practice elsewhere.

The Stage 1 Programme Approval Committee will normally recommend:

  • Approval of the proposal to progress (with or without recommendations) or
  • Conditional approval of the proposal to progress (with or without recommendations) or
  • Rejection of the proposal.

Where a programme is conditionally approved, timescales will be set for the completion of the conditions.

Membership

Equality and Diversity statement

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture, under its Public Sector Equality Duties and the Equality Act 2010.  This includes promoting equality and diversity for all, irrespective of any protected characteristic, working pattern, family circumstance, socio-economic background, political belief or other irrelevant distinction.

Diverse membership of all committees is expected.  Wherever possible membership will consist of at least 30% women and 30% men and representation of other protected groups will be actively considered. Where this has not been met committees should be able to demonstrate what action has been taken to achieve this target.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Chair]

Director of Marketing and Communications

Director of Learning Development

Two professors or other senior members of academic staff

The Committee is supported by Student and Academic Services, representative(s) of which will be in attendance.

Any possible conflicts of interest for members, including the Chair, will be considered before each proposal is discussed.

Programme Approval Committee (Stage 2)

Terms of Reference

  1. To provide institutional oversight of proposals to ensure high quality provision, a high quality student learning experience, appropriate academic standards and accordance with University academic policy and regulations.
  2. To consider the quality and standards of the overall proposal, including curriculum content; learning, teaching and assessment delivery and methods; and curriculum structure.
  3. To ensure and confirm sufficient external and independent consideration of the quality, standards and relevance of the proposed programme.
  4. To ensure appropriate consideration has been taken of student views.
  5. To confirm that proposed programmes are in line with relevant internal and external reference points, including any professional body requirements.
  6. To consider the quality, accuracy and accessibility of the programme documentation, including the information to be provided to students.
  7. To ensure sign off of all documentation associated with the approval, including any conditions set at Stage 1.
  8. To propose any final enhancements, drawing on good practice elsewhere as relevant.
The Stage 2 Programme Approval Committee will normally recommend one of the following to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor:
  • Approval of the proposal (with or without recommendations) or
  • Conditional approval of the proposal (with or without recommendations) or
  • Rejection of the proposal.

Where a programme is conditionally approved, timescales will be set for the completion of the conditions.

Membership

Chair

Position rotates around members

 

One member of academic staff from each School, already holding an existing position (usually Associate Dean (Education) or equivalent

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Cass Business School

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Health Sciences

School of Informatics

City Law School

SU President or SU Vice President (Education)

 

Representative from the Learning Development Centre

 


The Committee is supported by Student and Academic Services, representative(s) of which will be in attendance.

Any possible conflicts of interest for members, including the Chair, will be considered before each programme was discussed.

If you would like to see records of UPAC meetings priot to 2015, please visit our archived pages.