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Welcome to Durham University's Common Awards website

Types of Curriculum Development



The level of approval and timescale for each change depends upon the complexity of the proposals under consideration. The tables below summarise the types of curriculum development that will be considered by the University:

- The first table lists proposals that may be submitted by TEIs

- The second table lists proposals that may be submitted by the Ministry Division

You can find out more about the approval process for each type of curriculum development by following the hyperlinks.

We also encourage TEIs considering significant developments to contact the Common Awards Team and Ministry Division as soon as possible.

TEI Proposals

New TEI programme: Proposals from a TEI to begin delivering a programme that has already been approved in the Common Awards framework, but which has not yet been approved for that TEI. Read about the approval process.

Approval by QSSC on the recommendation of the Management Board

Deadline:31.01.19

New TEI programme centre: Proposals from a multi-centre or multi-campus TEI to begin delivering a programme that has already been approved in the Common Awards framework, but which has not yet been approved for that constituent centre or campus within the TEI. Read about the approval process.

Approval by QSSC on the recommendation of the Management Board

Deadline:31.01.19

Withdraw TEI programme: Proposals from a TEI to discontinue delivering a programme that has been approved at the TEI (or at one or more of its constituent centres). Read about the approval process.

Approval by QSSC on the recommendation of the Management Board

Deadline:31.01.19

TEI programme changes: Proposals from a TEI to make any changes its programme regulations (including, but not limited to: deleting a module, adding a module, restructuring module lists, and rewording the rubrics within the programme regulations). Read about the approval process.

Approval by Management Board, reporting to QSSC

Deadlines: 31.05.19

31.10.18 (for programmes starting in the first half of 2019)

TEI module changes: Proposals from a TEI (or one or more of its constituent centres) to change their selection of the module assessment details, contact hours, and/or learning and teaching methods. Read about the approval process.

Approval by TEI Management Board, and submission of amended Module Overview Table to the Common Awards team for publication on the website. Any changes outside of the published assessment patterns guidance to be approved by Durham's Management Board, reporting to QSSC.

Deadlines: 31.05.19

31.10.18 (for programmes starting in the first half of 2019)


Ministry Division Proposals

New/Withdraw programme: Proposals from Ministry Division to introduce a completely new programme into the Common Awards framework, or to withdraw a programme. Read about the approval process.

Approval by Senate, following consideration at its sub-committees

Deadline:31.01.19

Programme changes: Proposals from Ministry Division to change the overarching Common Awards programme specifications (including, but not limited to, the syllabus). Read about the approval process.

Approval by Management Board / QSSC sub-panel

Deadlines:

31.01.19 (for TEIs to submit proposals to Ministry Division)

15.03.19* (for Ministry Division to submit proposals to Durham)

New module: Proposals from Ministry Division to include a completely new module (or modules) to the Common Awards framework. Read about the approval process.

Approval by Management Board, reporting to QSSC

31.01.19 (for TEIs to submit proposals to Ministry Division)

15.03.19* (for Ministry Division to submit proposals to Durham)

Module changes: Proposals from Ministry Division to change one or more of the approved Common Awards modules (for example, changing the assessment options in the module outlines). Read about the approval process.

Approval by Management Board, reporting to QSSC

31.01.19 (for TEIs to submit proposals to Ministry Division)

15.03.19* (for Ministry Division to submit proposals to Durham)


*The University recognises that it may be appropriate to consider these curriculum development requests after the deadlines mentioned above in exceptional circumstances. These will we considered on a case-by-case basis.