Validation and Periodic Review Process

The validation process is one of initial academic and professional consideration and approval (or otherwise) of a new programme of study by the University.  A step by step guide to the process and the responsibilities of those involved can be found within the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review.

The periodic review process is the process of re-approval of an existing programme at a prescribed time not exceeding five years following initial validation.  A step by step guide to the process and the responsibilities of those involved can be found within the Code of practice for design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review.

The processes aim to:

  • Support and encourage quality enhancement
  • Continually improve and assure the quality of the programmes that are taught at the University
  • Promote areas and examples of good practice
  • Support the quality processes within the Schools and Faculties

The key benefits and aims of the periodic review process can be identified as:

  • The opportunity for the programme team to take a holistic view of the quality and standards of the programme(s) under review
  • The provision of a formally structured opportunity to reflect and develop new approaches and/or enhance current practices
  • Independent and external confirmation of the quality and standards attained across the whole programme/group of programmes
  • An opportunity for good practice to be recognised and disseminated

A summary of key deadlines in relation to the programme life cycle processes, including Marketing and Timetabling deadlines, can be found here.

Below are the relevant word templates and guidance documents related to these processes.

Contact

For further information on this process please contact qualitysupport@surrey.ac.uk.