Programme Leader Tasks



Outside termly cycle

Academic misconduct

Programme leaders should deal with certain cases of academic misconduct directly (generally, first offences of plagiarism or collusion at levels 3 and 4 where the misconduct covers less than 20% of the submission). All other cases are handled by Heads of Department.
Further information about academic misconduct

As needed


Reviewing certain applications, interviews, etc

October-May, August


Breaches of the student code of conduct will be dealt with by the Head of Department but some responsibility may be delegated to programme leaders, who in any case may be expected to prepare information for an academic issue. Academic misconduct has its own process.

As needed

Employer liaison/meeting/reports


Internal Student Survey (ISS)

The Internal Student Survey is carried out once per year; the timing depends on the stage of the students. The ISS asks students for feedback on their units as well as on their programmes. You will have access to all of the responses for your programme through your Faculty Director of Planning and Operations and these should inform your Continuous Improvement plan – there is more guidance available on interpretation and action planning.


Liaison with Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies

If the programme receives accreditation or acknowledgement from a PSRB, then you will need to keep in regular contact with them, keeping up to date with any changes in their expectations and informing them of modifications to the programme which may affect the relationship.
Support with this is available as required from the PSRB staff within the University’s Academic Collaboration Team, who can also help with any document submissions and other reaccreditation activity.  See the Academic Collaboration Team intranet page for more details and contact information.

At least annually

Programme specifications and development plan

Programme and unit specifications are updated periodically, triggered by EAR. A summary of the process is available here.

Risk based process triggered by EAR

Recognition of Prior Learning

The Programme Leader or Programmes Management will receive claims for Recognition of Prior Learning. When a claim is received this needs to be allocated to two independent RPL Assessors with appropriate academic expertise. More information is available here.   It is preferable that RPL claims are approved before the student commences study of the units from which they are being exempted. However claims could be received at any time and so students should always be directed to Student Billings to discuss any financial implications.

As required

Student leave of absence

If a student needs to take leave of absence during term-time, they will need to obtain an approval form from the Student Life office Unit leaders need to sign off student requests in relation to each unit affected by a leave of absence. Programme leaders need to sign off the request at programme level. Students will then submit the form to the Student Life Office, who will update the student record accordingly.

As needed

Working with course reps

Student Representation is an important part of the University's committee system from and forms the basis of developing a close working partnership with students to develop and improve programmes, a responsibility of the Programme Leader.
Information about student representation on University committees.

As needed

Working with Student and Programme Management

Student and Programme Management delivers high quality administrative and technical support through key aspects of the student life cycle, supporting you in programme delivery. It is made up of Student Management, Programmes Management and Technical Services. You may get requests from key contacts within Student and Programme Management relating to individual students and to your programme. It is important to respond to these in a timely manner.

As needed


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