Firstly, many thanks to all the staff across the University who have engaged positively with the project, particularly those who have attended the workshops and one-to-one interviews with Georgia to help review the University’s Programme Approval Procedure. I hope you’ll find it to be time well spent.
The results of this exercise are now in, and are being filtered into reports for both the JISC and the University’s Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC). The outcomes emerging from this review are not that surprising – the three issues that emerged most strongly being around the business case developed to support a new programme, a wish to be able to re-use approval documents for different audiences, and a frustration with the length of time it takes to approve a new programme.
The exercise has also been really valuable in helping staff feel that their thoughts and input are properly valued. The participatory design approach is one that we intend to maintain, and I hope that staff will simlarily be able to join us, especially when it comes to the redesign of the process. But first, the initial report, a draft of which will be circulated for comment in the next couple of weeks, needs to be considered by ASQC. This will aim to both set out the outcomes from the consultation, and the questions and issues identified that now need to be addressed.
My feeling is that we are now entering a crucial stage for the project, and that the way the Committee responds to this report will have a significant influence on the direction of the project. More to follow, so watch this space …