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Revalidation provides an opportunity for all Schools to review their portfolio of programmes to ensure they continue to be strategically and academically fit for purpose.

Replacing Periodic Review, Revalidation is based on a set of principles that ensures School portfolios continue to align with School, College, and University strategy. It incorporates a two-phase process, taking place over an agreed timeframe between 1 and 3 years.

Phase one involves the School and College reviewing the School's programme portfolio alongside key information from within the School and the wider University, allowing them to create a plan to introduce changes to their programmes or groups of programmes going forward. This phase puts focus on reviewing the strategic decisions taken within the School and alignment with the University's strategic direction.

Phase two comprises of a review of programme structure, content and delivery, undertaken by the School, College Education and Academic Quality teams. This phase ensures that any proposed readjustments to the School's programmes or groups of programmes align with the academic principles set by the University.

All programmes or groups of programmes under review as part of phase two of the Revalidation process are considered by one or more Revalidation Panels.  At the end of the process, the Revalidation Panel(s) provide a report to the Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC) confirming that the programmes meet all key principles, and to recommend to the Chair of ASQC that the University can have confidence in the continued currency and validity of its awards.

Key principles

The outcome of the Revalidation process allows us to to confirm that:

  • The purpose and aims of the programmes remain relevant.
  • The programme level learning outcomes remain appropriate and protect the intended Award.
  • There is a comprehensive, transparent, and accessible assessment strategy for all programmes under review that is designed to be as inclusive as possible to reflect the needs of a diverse student body.
  • That module content and assessment is set at the appropriate FHEQ level and takes into consideration the appropriate subject benchmark statements.
  • That programme rules (including award, resit and repeat rules) are confirmed and continue to be aligned with University regulations.
  • Where relevant, programmes meet the requirements of PSRB and are ready for accreditation.
  • That the published programme information remains up-to-date and accurate, in line with our responsibilities under Consumer Protection Law.