Guide to approval

Phase 1

  1. A DMU colleague is allocated to support the process
  2. Briefing document sent requesting Legal and Financial Due Dilligince form, a statement of experience in delivering proposed programme, CVs for the relevant teaching staff
  3. The relevant faculties complete the Balanced Scorecard which outlines perceived risks and opportunities
  4. Site visit 
  5. Proposed programme market analysis
  6. This is then discussed internally to reach collective endorsement and the partner is notified of the outcome
  7. The Faculty Evaluation of Proposal (FEP) is drafted which shows the timescales and resources required

Phase 2

  1. The Partner Institution is asked to complete and submit the Partner Overview Document (POD)
  2. The POD will request information about the partner's strategic plan, portfolio, staff and student numbers and demographics, the learning and teaching strategy, marketing and promotion, admissions policies, enrolment, registration and data requirements, student support, programme assessment and quality management etc. 

Phase 3

Executive Board Approval

Phase 4

Approval event preparations

Phase 5

Approval event

Phase 6

Formal notification of event outcome

Questions that may be asked at approval event

How does the proposal align with the partner's and DMU's strategy?

What type of partnership and delivery is and why has the partner chosen this? 

What are the characteristics of the student intake? 

What does the recruitment plan look like? 

How will the partner satifactorily operate DMU policies, procedures and academic regulations? 

Are the roles fo the management and staff members clearly defined? 

Is the partner clear on the role DMU will play in the type of partnership? 

What quality assurance procedures are demonstrated by the partner institution, including student representation? 

How will DMU be assured that public information about the University and its programmes delivered at the partner is current, accurate and approved by DMU? 

Discussion of the progression routes

What is the proposed CPD programme?

How are learning resources managed?

How will Universal Design for Learning be implemented and what learning support facilities are available for students? 

How are students involved in the programme review processes? 

How does the programme philosophy help to enhance the curriculum development? 

How is student feedback captured and how do students know of any actions as a result of this feedback? 

What learning resources are available? 

Collaborative provision partner programme approval

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