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Introduction

The quality assurance processes of MMU's academic awards are aligned to the Quality Assurance Agency's UK Quality Code for Higher Education which sets out the expectations that UK Higher Education providers are required to meet in respect of:

For convenience, the University uses the shorthand "PARM" as a generic term for the processes of

P = programme
A = approval,
R = review, and
M = modification

Purpose

PARM processes are designed to ensure that the structure, academic standard and quality of the learning opportunities of new and existing provision are:

  • appropriate to the awards to which they lead;
  • informed by institutional regulations, policies and codes of practice, national benchmarks, employment demands and any relevant professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements.


University Oversight and Responsibility

The achievement of this is is monitored by the University's Academic Board, through an annual report from the Centre for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement (CASQE) to the Academic Quality and Standards Committee, that confirms the outcomes of specific PARM activities and evaluates the processes of PARM procedures.

CASQE is responsible for the development and oversight of procedures and policies relating to PARM, and for the coordination and monitoring of all associated activities. The implementation of some of these activities is delegated to Faculties through each Faculty's Quality Enhancement Teams and through their Faculty Academic Quality and Standards Committees.

For all proposals there are two main threads of activity which normally run in parallel:

The Quality Assurance Process
for which the Centre for Academic Standards & Quality Enhancement (CASQE) is responsible
Diagrammatic overview of the processes

The Curriculum Design Process
which is supported by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)



Schedule of PARM Activity

The University schedule for programme reviews is is agreed in advance. Where known, approval and major modification activities may also be included in the schedule.



Timescales for Completion of PARM Activity

the University requires PARM activities to be completed by a set date to ensure that the central processes which support the student experience can be completed well in advance of students enrolling on new or revised provision.



Non-Award Bearing Provision

Guidance on the Approval, Review and Modification of non-award bearing provision is currently under review, and will be available from this website once approved.



Using the PARM Website

Whilst there is a degree of overlap, each type of activity has a distinct procedure that should be followed. This website aims to provide a walk-through guide for each of these processes. To begin, please select the appropriate section from the list above. If you are in any doubt about which section you require, please consult your Faculty Quality Administrator.