The University's process for approving disciplines, programmes and courses is determined by the extent of risk associated with the proposed activity. All the University’s academic provision is subject to approval through an established academic risk management procedure, which differentiates categories of activity by the level of risk associated with it.  High and medium risk activities are broadly defined as programmes delivered in conjunction with a partner organisation and independent distance learning provision, and are subject to an additional level of approval (by designated members of the University’s Senior Management).

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 University Executive. Schools have devolved authority to approve new and modified courses as well as minor modifications to programmes.

See Approval Procedures for more information