The validation process involves an examination of the academic plans for a programme of study. It focuses on whether the programme meets national and subject expectations and whether it is likely to provide a learning experience of high quality.
Following completion of the Academic Planning process, QSO convenes a meeting of the University Validation Panel. An External Assessor will be appointed to provide a written report on the standard of the programme. The Validation Panel will consider the programme specification and the External Assessor report before making a recommendation to Academic Board.
QSO runs a large number of validations each year. For availability and to book your validation please contact Maria Krupa (Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Applied Sciences) or Lauren Smyth (Faculties of Education and Health & Wellbeing) in the first instance.
Information for Programme Directors
- Guidance on Programme Planning and Approval
Prior to the beginning of the Validation process, planning approval must be sought from the Faculty Programme Planning Executive and Academic Strategy Committee. Please liaise with your Faculty Director of Quality for further guidance on the planning process. Visit Academic Planning for further details.
If you are in the early stages of preparing for a validation and would like to discuss any aspect of the validation process or documentation with QSO staff, we would be happy to meet with you. Please contact Maria Krupa (Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Applied Sciences) or Lauren Smyth (Faculties of Education and Health & Wellbeing) in the first instance.
In preparation for a Validation, the following will be helpful:
The nomination for an External Assessor and an External Advisor should be made at the earliest opportunity.
Core Validation Documentation
Core validation documentation will consist of the following:
Your documentation is due 6 weeks before the validation meeting.
Please note: The templates below do not contain automatic formatting. If you experience any technical difficulties when using these documents, please contact the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit for advice.
Information for Chairs and Panel Members
- Handbook for Chairs and Panel members
Minor Modifications to Academic Programmes
Short courses are programmes at or below 40 credits and are normally approved by the Faculty Quality Committees. Please liaise with your Faculty Director of Quality about approvals for short courses.