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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:

  • Approval of new provision

  • Periodic Review of existing provision

  • Major/Minor Modification of existing provision

  • Discontinuation/Suspension of existing provision

The shorthand "PARM" is commonly used as a generic term for the above processes

PARM handbook

In response to staff feedback, the PARM section of this website has been streamlined. All information relating to Programme Approval, Periodic Review, Minor or Major Modifications, Discontinuations and Suspensions can now be accessed via the University's Programme Approval, Review and Modification Handbook 2016/17. Please click on the image below to access the Handbook.

PARM Handbook

For queries regarding any aspect of the Unversity's procedures for Programme Approval, Review or Morification, please contact the Centre for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement in the first instance.

Schedule of PARM Activity

Manchester Met's schedule of activity for Programme Approval, Review and Modification (PARM) is available here. Faculty specific schedules are also available via the following links:

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.

Completion date deadlines for activities undertaken in the following academic sessions:

  • 2016/17* (for provision commencing September 2017 and January 2018)
  • 2017/18* (for provision commencing September 2018 and January 2019)

Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) Guidance

Guidance on lockdown dates and required consultations for PARM Activity in response to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) compliance guidance.