Academic Quality and Partnerships


Validation is the process by which new courses are fully approved by the University. This process enables the University to have confidence that for each course:

• academic standards have been secured;
• content and learning outcomes align with the national Framework for Higher Education
Qualifications (FHEQ), relevant Subject Benchmark Statements and PSRB requirements as
• an excellent student experience will be delivered.

Once given approval by Portfolio Approval Committee (PAC), courses will progress to validation. This involves a detailed scrutiny of the curriculum by a panel of independent internal and external members. More details can be found in the Validation Handbook 2023-24 [DOCX 46.12KB]

A Curriculum Manager will liaise with the course development lead to organise the validation event. Timescales for the validation process following PAC approval are outlined in Validation process timescales [DOCX 15.38KB].

The following documentation should be prepared for the validation event: