Key Dates

Please see the Faculty and University Committee Dates here.

New Programmes and High Risk Changes to Programmes

Business Case Stage

There are three business case submission points during the year. Full details of the business case process, including the relevant forms and business case submission deadlines is available on the Integrated Planning Process site (under “Process” and then “New Programme Approval”).

March - The optimum date for new PGT programmes is the March submission point. This gives you the best chance to have the whole proposal approved by the time the recruitment cycle opens later in October.

August - The optimum date for new UG programmes entering the next UCAS recruitment cycle is the August submission date. PGT programmes can also be considered here.

November - There is a further submission date in November, for UG and PGT programmes entering the recruitment cycle next academic year.

Academic Case Stage

September - The September University Education Committee (UEC)is the final meeting to consider the academic case for new PGT programmes before the PGT recruitment cycle opens in October. There are further UEC meetings in October and November, January and March but the programme won't be open for applicants when the recruitment cycle begins unless you get to the September UEC. The academic case needs to be approved within the School and Faculty before UEC will consider it. Recruitment will not commence until full approval has been granted by UEC.

May - The May University Education Committee is the final meeting to consider the academic case for new UG programmes. The academic case needs to be approved within the School and Faculty to come to University Education Committee's May meeting at the latest. You may bring the academic case to an earlier Education Committee, but the May date is the final meeting which will consider new undergraduate programmes to enter the UCAS cycle in August.

The following diagram shows how the business case and academic case dates line up:‌ NPA Life Cycle Swim Lanes 19/20 (PDF, 85kB)

Please see 2019/20 key dates:

19/20 key dates UG (PDF, 116kB)

19/20 key dates PGT (PDF, 111kB)

Programme Withdrawals

June - The final meeting that University Education Committee will consider programme withdrawals is the June meeting for programmes entering the recruitment cycle in the next academic year (e.g. June 2019 for programmes recruiting in 19/20 for a 20/21 intake). Programme withdrawals must be approved by the School and Faculty before going to University Education Committee for approval. Programme withdrawals should ideally happen in time for the record to be taken out of the relevant printed prospectus and before applications have been made, but must happen before the start of the recruitment cycle. Please email approval-help@bristol.ac.uk to discuss.

Other programme and unit changes

April - All other programme and unit changes must be fully approved by the end of April in the year before the change is to take place (e.g. April 2020 for changes to the 20/21 academic year)

Consumer Protection Legislation

Consumer protection legislation has implications for all programme changes. Please contact us to discuss implications of changing/withdrawing programmes.