New courses are considered via a Validation Panel where they are in a new
curriculum area, involve a significantly new method of delivery, involve
external collaboration or require validation to meet an external organisationís
Validation events may also be held in other circumstances, for example where
a department would like to make significant changes to a large group of courses
and itís agreed this should be considered by a Panel.
The Quality and Academic Development or Postgraduate Research team will
discuss the validation event and membership of the validation panel with the
department, in consultation with the Executive or Deputy Dean.
- The Validation Panel will include members with relevant
expertise to allow them to judge the academic integrity of the
course in relation to the Universityís regulations and the
national standards expected of the type of award, and to
evaluate the course in terms of its structure and content.
- A validation event normally takes place over a half or full
day depending on the size and nature of the award(s) being
validated. Occasionally, validation events are held virtually,
usually over a period of time with documents shared
electronically and discussions held remotely.
- The agenda will be tailored for each validation -
a typical agenda is provided as an indication.
- Departments produce a set of documentation which is
considered by the Panel and discussed during the validation
guidance to departments and panels includes a section on the
areas covered in a validation event and the various internal and
external influences that should be taken into account when
designing a new course.
validation documentation checklist is also provided.
- Following the event, a summary outcome is circulated with
the Panelís recommendation, usually within a week, followed by a
fuller report (usually within four weeks).
- Most validation events lead to a recommendation to approve
the course, subject to meeting a set of conditions and
recommendations. Occasionally, courses are approved with no
further work required, and very occasionally, courses are not
approved for further development.
- Departments provide a response to the conditions and
recommendations by a deadline set by the Panel, explaining the
steps they have taken or plan to take. This response has to be
approved, usually by the Chair of the Panel and/or the Executive
or Deputy Dean.
- Members of Faculty Education Committees are sent the
validation report and given the opportunity to comment.
- Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) consider the
Validation Panelís report and the Faculty Education Committeeís
- AQSC make the final decision on whether the course should be
approved, and whether to add further conditions and
Please refer to
key dates for course and module approvals to check the key deadlines and
factors that should be considered for any course development, including new
Documentation for validation events should be sent to the Quality and
Academic Development team at least 4 weeks in advance of the
Once compiled and complete, the validation documentation will be sent
electronically to members of the Validation Panel at least two weeks in advance
of the event. An electronic copy will also be forwarded to the Department
Manager for distribution to the course team.
Page last updated:
21 October 2019