Key Dates

Key dates in the approval process

Business Case Stage

There are three business case submission points during the year. Please see the Integrated Planning Process intranet suite for full details. 

Academic Case Stage 

NEW Undergraduate 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. 

NEW Taught Postgraduate programmes - it is advised that you endeavour to have the the academic case for new taught postgraduate programmes fully approved in time to enter the recruitment cycle at the start of October, or as soon as possible after this, in order that you can maximise recruitment time. In order to enter the full recruitment cycle, the academic case for the new programme would need to be approved within the School and Faculty to come to University Education Committee's September meeting. University Education Committee meet again in November, and January, and the very latest a new taught postgraduate programme will be considered by the Committee is March for an October start.  

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.  Programmed withdrawals must be approved by the School and Faculty before going to University Education Committee for approval. 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 20/21intake). Please email 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, 392kB)

Postgraduate Key Dates (PDF, 713kB)

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.