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University of London Worldwide Programmes Board

The board ensures the alignment of the University of London ordinances, implements policies, regulatory and quality frameworks. To enhance the student experience and to assure the academic standards of the university's programmes are met.

The board is also responsible for assuring the academic standards of the following programmes:

  • International Foundation Programme
  • Bachelor of Divinity, DipHE Theology, CertHE Theology
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PGCert International Sport Management.

The Terms of Reference detail the following:

  • UoLW PB’s delegated authority to approve certain programme matters
  • UoLW PB’s advisory function when making recommendations for consideration and endorsement by the University of London Worldwide Academic Committee
  • UoLW PB’s responsibilities concerning the monitoring of and assuring alignment with relevant regulatory frameworks.

Reporting

The UoLW PB reports to the University of London Worldwide Academic Committee.

Programmes Board

  1. To consider and respond to student feedback mechanisms, for example the student experience surveys and module/course evaluations.
  2. To monitor the assessment strategy for programmes and ensure it is effective.
  3. To identify and recommend, to the Programme teams, areas for enhancements to the overall student learning experience, for example through consideration of student performance data.
  4. To review and respond to the Annual Programme Reports (APR) and associated action plans.
  5. To consider, respond to and monitor progress on actions agreed following a Periodic Programme Review (PPR).
  6. To ensure that the quality and level of all teaching materials provided are appropriate, and to assure the University that appropriate steps have been taken to maintain the currency of the programme syllabus. To review and modify, where appropriate, the curriculum of each module/course periodically.
  7. Ensure alignment with best practice and national regulatory requirements when considering changes to the programmes.
  8. To consider and approve, in line with the University’s Academic Programme Approval process*:
    a: withdrawals of existing modules/courses
    b: the introduction of new modules/courses following external scrutiny.
    c: changes to existing modules/courses and programmes following external scrutiny.
  9. To approve annual changes to the Programme Specifications, modules/course specifications and Programme Regulations.
  10. Ensure alignment with the Guidelines for Examinations and work with the Boards of Examiners on the examination process for all the programmes, including:
    a: to nominate Examiners, External/Intercollegiate Examiners and Chairs of Board of Examiners.
    b: to receive the minutes of the Boards of Examiners.
    c: to monitor actions arising from the External Examiner reports and/or the responses by the Programme Director.
  11. To make recommendations to Academic Committee on revisions to the Schemes of Award for programmes under this Board.
  12. To consider and make recommendations to Academic Committee regarding any other changes to the programmes.
  13. To consider and approve suspensions of Programme Regulations.

*The Academic Programme Approval process is triggered when major changes to existing programmes and awards are proposed. These include, but are not limited to, changes to the structure and/or content of programmes which have an impact on programme aims, level and learning outcomes.

Papers for this committee are likely to contain commercially sensitive information and are therefore not routinely published. They can be requested but may be subject to exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.