All courses and modules are updated annually as part of the ongoing cycle of
monitoring and review. Course and module developments can be triggered by a
range of activity, such as:
academic research and expertise, for example in the subject
area and new styles of assessment and delivery
external Examiner reports
professional body and industry influences
changes in market demand and student needs
Decisions are made based on the information we publish and share about our
courses and modules. So it’s important for current and prospective students to
be given accurate and reliable information at the time they’re making their
course and module choices.
Training, guidance and timelines
There are key deadlines that departments must meet to ensure both prospective
and current students are provided with the information they need to decide which
course to apply for and which modules they would like to choose. Changes
are considered for implementation at the requested time wherever possible.
However, a late request for a change may lead to a delay in its introduction,
particularly where there’s a risk that students who have chosen the course or
module may feel the change is not a positive one (for example a late withdrawal
of a module).
The Quality and Academic Development team provide training each year – these
sessions are advertised via HR Organiser. Departments are also welcome to
contact the team at any time to seek advice (firstname.lastname@example.org or
Departments wishing to temporarily suspend recruitment to a course or to
permanently discontinue a course should complete the
course discontinuation/suspension form (.docx) and send this to the Quality and
Academic Development team.
Approval to discontinue a course is needed from the Faculty Executive Dean.
Approval to suspend courses can be granted by the Deputy
A different approval route may be agreed where a number of
changes are combined for one course or module.
Please contact the Quality and Academic Development team if
you’re unsure, and particularly if you’re planning extensive
changes to courses and modules, so we can talk over the best way
to seek approval.