Code of Practice – Programme Development, Approval and Management

The Code of Practice for Programme Development, Approval and Management provides the framework, principles and processes for the effective design, development, approval, management and review of all programmes of study (including undergraduate, postgraduate taught, postgraduate research and collaborative developments), including constituent modules. The University seeks to put students firmly at the heart of their learning, and this starts with positive and active engagement with students throughout all stages of programme development, approval and review.

The key aspects contained within the Code of Practice are:

This Code of Practice strives to be evidence based, and is based upon the expectations and practices outlined in  the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (QAA) and the i-Map project Innovation in the Market Assurance of New Programmes (HEFCE 2012, 2015).

Academic Quality Services welcomes feedback on the effectiveness of this Code of Practice and will seek to implement improvements throughout the year to improve the user experience. Please send any feedback to with the Subject Header ‘COP Feedback’.

We hope this Code of Practice proves useful and easy to use.

Phil Maull

Head of Academic Quality Services.

Last Revised: January 2019


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