Key Dates

Key dates in the approval process:

In 2017/18, the following dates will apply to the programme approval process:

June 30th 2017 - To help schools with new taught postgraduate programmes starting in 2018/19 benefit from a full cycle of recruitment and marketing during 2017/18, an additional decision point is being introduced for this year.  For new PGT programmes starting in 2018/19 that need to be able to market for the entire recruitment cycle there will be an additional early decision point of 30th June 2017.  The later 2017 decision point will still be in place for programmes where the earlier marketing isn’t crucial, and for major changes that don’t affect Hobsons AY.  Business cases need to be developed and approved in the School and Faculty before submission to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).  

August 28th 2017 - For Postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes, business cases for new/changed programmes need to be submitted  by 28th August 2017 (for new programmes to start in September 2018).  Business cases for changes to UG programmes should also be submitted by this date.

For new PGR programmes, the business case and academic case are combined into one step.  The proposal should be approved by the School and Faculty and submitted to the Academic Quality and Policy Office (AQPO) by 28th August (for new programmes to start in September 2018). Education Committee will consider proposals.

November 22nd 2017 - For Undergraduate programmes, business cases for new programmes need to be submitted  by 22nd November 2017 (for new programmes to start in September 2019).

March 2018 - Once the business case is approved, the academic case is developed.  For PGT programmes, the academic case needs to be approved within the School and Faculty to come to Education Committee's meeting in March 2018 at the latest.

May 2018 - For Undergraduate programmes, the academic case needs to be approved within the School and Faculty to come to Education Committee's May 2018 meeting at the latest.

Withdrawal of programmes 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.  Programme withdrawals must be approved by the School and Faculty before going to Education Committee for approval. The final meeting that Education Committee will consider programme withdrawals is the June meeting for programmes entering the recruitment cycle in the next academic year (e.g. June 2017 for programmes recruiting in 17/18 for an 18/19 intake). Please email approval-help@bristol.ac.uk to discuss.

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

The key dates in the approval process are outlined in the following diagrams:

Undergraduate key Dates (PDF, 406kB)

Postgraduate Key Dates (PDF, 460kB)

The University approved Education & Students Cycle provides due dates for various processes throughout the academic year. A full list of dates for the Education Committee is also available to view.