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Academic Programmes Committee terms of reference

The terms of reference for the University Academic Programmes Committee, including its primary responsibilities and procedural rules.

Terms Of Reference

Terms of reference

To identify and promote opportunities for further development of the University's portfolio of programmes and collaborative provision:

  • encouraging innovation, flexible learning provisions, interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty/School/Collaboration;

  • ensuring an integrated approach to portfolio development so that the capacity of the University and its partners to deliver a consistently high-quality student learning experience is maintained

To consider and determine, on behalf of Senate, Proposals for:

  • (a) initial approval of new programme (including a programme which constitutes and expansion of the university's discipline base/extension of the existing discipline base into new levels of study or require the allocation of additional Home/EU student numbers);

  • (b) initial approval of an existing taught programme to be delivered by an existing or prospective collaborative partner;

  • (c) initial approval for research degree collaborative arrangements;

  • (d) withdrawal of programmes;

  • (e) initial approval of major programmes changes requiring to strategic consideration including programme title changes;

  • (f) amendment, renewal and withdrawal of collaborative provision arrangements (including articulation arrangements);

  • (g) new articulation agreements

To consider and recommend to Senate proposals for new institutional partners.

To support reject a proposal to proceed with a new or the renewal of a student exchange arrangement.

Procedural Rules

Procedure: In the absence of any specific rules, the procedure is as set out in the Standing Orders of Senate.

Membership: A member may serve for no more than a total of nine (9) years save in exceptional cases. In the event that a nominated member ceases to be eligible to serve, a replacement to serve for the remainder of their term of office will be nominated (renewable).

Quorum: one third of the membership of the Committee.

Frequency of meetings: typically, six meetings per year. Report/Minutes: submitted to Senate

Minutes for information to: Senate and the Programmes and Partnerships Approval Committee.

Version information

Owner: Academic Programmes Committee
Version number:
Approval Date: 9 June 2010, revised by Senate 8 June 2011, 13 June 2012
Approved By: Senate
Date of last review: 15 October 2014


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