Programme modifications are used to keep module syllabus up-to-date, and enhance the curriculum to promote innovation and further embed the University Learning and Teaching Strategy. Please note this is a revised policy introduced from September 2017.
Modification provides an opportunity in the early part of a newly validated programme to correct or make adjustments based on student evaluation, academic reflection or recommendations from an external stakeholder such as the External Examiner or Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB).
A validated programme is a form of contract between multiple stakeholders. When a programme team needs or wants to make changes, there is a formal process attached. This assures all parties that the changes are in the best interests of the students and/or staff involved in the programme, that the programme remains a high quality experience, and that it remains in line with sector expectations.
It ensures, where a modification may constitute a significant change to the student experience, that the appropriate measures to conform with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have been or will be put in place.
The general principle with regard to all modifications is that they will apply to the next entering cohort and not for any current students. However, there are sometimes circumstances when modifications do need to be made affecting current students and prospective students once the admissions cycle has begun. The University has approved a Change Policy (see below) to cover circumstances where it is necessary to make a change in the running of an existing programme.
Modifications fall into three categories. More details on the types of modification possible and steps for approval are set out in the guidance below.
- Major Modification
- Minor Modification
- Routine Updating
Programme Modification Documentation
If you have any queries after reading this guidance, please contact your Faculty Director of Quality.
The Change Policy sets out examples of the types of modifications that would be considered as material changes and examples of types of modifications that would be considered non-material.
It outlines the required process to follow for consultation with students and applicants.
Programme Suspension, Withdrawal or Closure
This form should be completed as soon as you wish to make a request to
- suspend recruitment to a programme for a fixed period (programme suspension);
- cease recruitment permanently where there are existing students on the programme (programme withdrawal); and/or
- close a programme that does not have any existing students (programme closure).
The form should also be submitted for requests to suspend/withdraw/close part of a programme e.g. full-time/part-time mode, single honours/combined honours or to suspend/withdraw/close the programme at an individual collaborative partner or at an individual University campus location where the programme is delivered at multiple sites.
Schools/Centres should complete the form and return it to their Faculty Director of Quality.