Programme and module approval
Approval process overview
Compile full details of all new and amended modules and programmes before putting them forward for approval by the appropriate committees.
Taught module approval
New or amended modules require certain actions and approvals before they can be offered. New modules are approved by the Programme Approval Group. Amended modules are approved by the School Taught Student Education Committee.
Taught programme approval
New or changed programmes must get formal approval before they are offered. The time this takes depends on the change and the programme. Get specific advice as early as possible from your faculty portfolio manager.
New programme approval
Approval of a new programme is proposed by the School Taught Student Education Committee, approved by the Programme Approval Group and ratified by the Portfolio Steering Group.
A Quality Check for each new programme is undertaken at least 6 months before it commences, to ensure that all elements of the programme are complete and deliverable.
Taught programme amendment
There are different amendment processes depending on the scale of the change proposed. Major programme amendments are approved by the Programme Approval Group. Minor programme amendments are approved by the School Taught Student Education Committee and reported to the Faculty Taught Student Education Committee.
Taught programme withdrawal
To withdraw or temporarily suspend a programme, a school must seek approval from the Portfolio Steering Group, via the relevant Programme Approval Group (PAG). Additional requirements for withdrawal apply if the programme is taught in collaboration.
Collaborative programme approval
Collaborative programmes have extra approval and review requirements, which will vary according to the type of arrangement being proposed and whether it is taught or research.
Higher and degree apprenticeship approval
The University is committed to developing a portfolio of Degree Apprenticeship programmes which respond to employer demand in areas of mutual benefit
Joint honours programme approval
Joint honours programmes have extra approval requirements, involving liaison between the two teaching schools. Approval processes for new programme proposal, programme withdrawal and for programme and module changes are explained here.
Study abroad approval
Quality assurance of study abroad arrangements, including new exchanges, are supported by the Study Abroad office and overseen by the Collaborations and Partnerships Committee via the Study Abroad Programme Approval Group.
Work placement learning that is part of a programme of study must be approved and regularly reviewed through the University's usual quality assurance arrangements.
Ad personam and ad hoc programme variation
Ad personam or ad hoc programme variations must be approved by the relevant Pro-Dean for Student Education, acting on behalf of the Faculty Taught Student Education Committee.
Reduced time at Leeds for postgraduate researchers
Postgraduate researchers may undertake a limited amount of research away from the University, either on approved fieldwork or in approved academic institutions or scientific, clinical or industrial locations.
A split-site PhD at the University of Leeds is defined by a PGR spending agreed periods of study in Leeds and other periods of study in a research institute or commercial / industrial organisation.
Collaborative provision amendments
The process for making changes to collaborative arrangements will vary according to the category of the arrangement and the type of amendment proposed.