Faculty of Humanities
Supplemental procedure to support the development of new programmes and major amendments
to existing programmes
When putting forward a proposal for a new programme, Schools are required to demonstrate that there is
a significant and sustainable demand for the proposed programme.
If the programme replaces an existing programme(s), the proposal must be able demonstrate that the new
programme will recruit students at a level commensurate with the former programme(s) and with a quality
of student that equals or exceeds that of the former programme.
If the programme is in addition to existing programmes, the proposal must be capable of demonstrating a
robust case for need, student quality, and must fully explain the redistribution of student numbers across
the modified portfolio of programmes and clearly justify the continued existence of all programmes that are
related to the proposed programme.
The New Programme Proposal (NPP) document asks for evidence of demand and advises the
Programme Director as follows:
You may wish to consider the following:
statistical evidence: HESA data, University data;
national trends: in the area, other areas which may impact on this discipline, feeder
potential for growth;
student enquiries in this area;
attractiveness to students applying to, but failing to get in to other subscribed or higher
size of the recruitment pool – anticipated number of home and overseas students;
what is being offered by competitor institutions and how successful are they?
what will distinguish the programme from others in the discipline;
student/alumni/employer/Professional Body feedback;
eLearning opportunities to extend or open up new markets, particularly in the context of
Similarly, when presenting the rationale for a major amendment, Schools are asked to reflect on the
current demand for the programme and the impact that the changes will have. Many of the major
amendments that are proposed by Schools are on the basis of improving the recruitment and quality of
In order that the Schools can draw on the expertise of the Student Recruitment, Admission and
International Development Division (SRAIDD) in terms of market intelligence, the following procedure is
proposed with a view to involving SRAIDD in the development of programmes and providing advice to the
School and assurance to the approving Faculty of Humanities committee, about the evidence to support
the claims of demand or increased demand.
Stage 1: During the development of the NPP1 or the programme amendment, Programme Directors
should consult with SRAIDD and to draw on their expertise in market intelligence to inform the proposal.
In the first instance, Programme Directors should contact Dr Tim Westlake (email@example.com) to
discuss their proposal.
Stage 2: SRAIDD will produce a short report/statement for the Faculty of Humanities UG/PGT
Programmes Approval Sub-Committee of Teaching and Learning Committee advising the Committee
members on the potential of the proposed programme. If Stage 1 of this process has been undertaken,
the report to the Faculty Committee may just entail confirmation that NPP1 has been developed in
consultation with SRAIDD.
A copy of the final programme documents would normally be sent to SRAIDD one week before the
Committee (with the circulation of papers to members). In most cases, the documentation will include the
advice received SRAIDD However, there may be occasions when this has not been necessary (for
example where the School has clear evidence of market demand) or possible and this will be highlighted
to the SRAIDD contact.
The SRAIDD may send a representative to attend the Faculty Committee if it is considered appropriate.
Dr Tim Westlake will be added to the circulation list for receiving a copy of the agendas for the UG and
PGT Programme Approval Sub-Committee meetings and may request copies of documentation as
The role of SRAIDD in this process is to provide advice and expertise to the Schools and the Faculty
committees. Responsibility for the approval of programmes remains with the Faculty Teaching and
Learning Committee via its UG and PGT Programme Approval Sub-Committees.
Faculty of Humanities Contacts
The liaison point between the Faculty Teaching and Learning Office and SRAIDD will be the QAE
Administrators who are assigned as follows:
Combined Studies Emma Rose
Manchester Business School Ext 50286
Education Angela Dignan
Law Ext 50252
Environment and Development Nicola Lord
Social Sciences Ext 50296
Arts, Histories and Cultures Emma Sanders
Languages, Linguistics and Cultures Ext 50299
Dr Tim Westlake (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The process is to be implemented as soon as it is agreed by the Faculty Programme Approval Sub-
Committees of Teaching and Learning Committee
Senior Faculty QAE Administrator
Faculty of Humanities
Policy Title: Supplemental procedure to support the development of new programmes
and major amendments to existing programmes
Date Approved: 17 February 2010
Approving Body: Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee via UG and PGT Programme
Previous Review -
Next Review Date October 2010
Related Procedures: New Programme Proposal procedures
Programme Amendment procedures
and/or Codes of
Policy Owner: Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee
Lead Contact: Emma Rose, Senior QAE Administrator