The University's process for approving disciplines, programmes and courses is determined by the extent of risk associated with the proposed activity. Activity delivered outwith the University's UK campuses (Dubai Campus and External Partnerships) is deemed to be of higher risk and is subject, therefore, to both an academic and a business approval process (see External partnership). Other higher risk activity which requires additional scrutiny includes industrial and exchange placements and programmes delivered by independent distance learning mode. Disciplines, programmes and courses offered at one of the UK campuses are subject to the academic approval process.
The Postgraduate and Undergraduate Studies Committees have devolved authority from the Senate for approving new disciplines and programmes, and major modifications to programmes. Proposals to introduce new disciplines must be approved by the Planning and Management Executive. Schools have devolved authority to approve new and modified courses as well as minor modifications to programmes.
See Approval Procedures for more information.
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