The Quality Assurance Agency states that universities 'should engage students individually and collectively' in 'design, development and approval processes to ensure the student voice is actively represented'.
Mechanisms for engaging students in curriculum development and approval could include:
- Student Staff Forums, e.g. discussing new programmes or proposed changes in a meeting or circulating proposals to Student Volunteers.
- Referring to data from student surveys such as the Student Evaluations of Learning and Teaching and the National Student Survey in programme and module forms, e.g. citing SELT data when changing an element of a module.
- Emailing students and asking for feedback on proposals or arranging a focus group.
- Ensuring there is student membership on approval panels, e.g. ensuring College Student Representatives attend College Education Committee (or equivalent).
If prospective or current students will be affected by a change to the portfolio (e.g. programme/module withdrawal/modification) it is essential they are consulted with - please refer to the Competition and Markets Authority guidance.