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 quality assure 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 on behalf of the University but does not itself approve proposals. It manages the Online Approval Tool (OAT) but does not produce or maintain data on programmes and units - this is the responsibility of individual Schools. The OAT is used for editing existing, or creating new, units and programmes, and for tracking proposals through the approval process. In order for changes to be applied to the University’s formal records, they must be submitted through the OAT. For advice on using the OAT, please contact Jo Strong on ext.14204.
The ESU is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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The following summary documents give an overview of the process, timescales, and who does what:
The sequence of events in programme approval is available as a single page summary diagram in pdf format from the following link: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approve/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/approve/approvalguidance/approvalresponsibilities.pdf (PDF 38.5 kB)
Timelines and timescales are described at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approve/timelineallprocesses.pdf and http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approve/timescales.html
The information above is also available as a handbook for download in pdf format from http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/approve/progapprovalhandbook.pdf (PDF 650.6 kB)
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