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Academic Support Office

Curriculum Development

The Academic Support Office manages the curriculum development process for all new and existing programmes at Durham University. Curriculum development is carried out under the authority of Senate, through Education Committee (a sub-committee of Senate) and Faculty Education Committees (sub-committees of Education Committee).

The regulations for curriculum development are contained in Section 3 of the Learning and Teaching Handbook. Departments schools wishing to create, amend or withdraw any module or programme (taught or research degree) should consult this document in the first instance. Any further queries regarding curriculum development should be directed to the appropriate Assistant Registrar or Faculty Support Officer. They are:



Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Simon Appleton

Faculty of Science

Nicola Brennan

Sam Graham

Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Jess Stacey Ellen Chapman

Deadlines for Curriculum Development

For curriculum development to take effect from October 2018

  • Undergraduate: all documentation to be received by ASO no later than 26 January 2018
  • Postgraduate: all documentation to be received by ASO no later than 16 March 2018

All curriculum development should be approved by the relevant board(s) of studies before it is sent to ASO (this approval may be at a full meeting of the board or by chair's action on behalf of the board).

For further information, please follow the appropriate link:

Contact Details

Academic Support Office
Durham University
Palatine Centre 
Stockton Road
Durham DH1 3LE

Phone: +44 0191 334 6104
Fax: +44 0191 334 6250