The University has a process to ensure that any new or revised units or programmes are academically appropriate and sound, and that sufficient resource can and will be made available for their successful delivery. To ensure this, all proposals to introduce or change units or programmes must be formally approved before being implemented. The Education Support Unit (ESU) facilitates and supports this process.
We are available to provide advice to staff at an early stage of putting together a proposal, negotiating the approval process and using the online approval tool. Please email email@example.com in the first instance or use the links below to find out more about how to put a proposal forward. If you believe your proposal constitutes a change which will require UNiversity level approval, or you are proposing a new programme, we would advise you make us aware early on so that we can assess what assistance you may need and what support we may be able to provide.
The Online Approval Tool (OAT) is used for editing or creating new units and programmes and for tracking proposals through the process. For advice on using the OAT, please contact Jo Strong on ext.14204.
The following pages contain information about:
Guidance on the programme and unit approval process
A summary of the sequence of events in programme approval is available in pdf format from the following link : http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approval2013/approvalguidance/summaryapprovalprocess.pdf (PDF, 117.1 kB).
A summary of individual responsibilities in the approval process is available in pdf format from http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approval2013/approvalguidance/approvalresponsibilities.pdf (PDF 38.5 kB)
For information and guidance on making annual unit updates please see the following page http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approval2013/unitupdate
The information above is also available as a handbook for download in pdf format from http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approval2013/progapprovalhandbook.pdf (PDF 446.4 kB))
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