Welcome to the Programme Development Resource Hub 

These resources have been developed following the approval of a new approach to programme approval in Spring 2017. These resources have been informed and developed through consultation and engagement with a range of individuals and teams from across the University as well as benchmarking across the sector. They will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure you are supported in the development and management of your programmes and modules.

If you have any questions please contact the Academic Quality and Governance Team on programmebusiness@stir.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.


There are three sections to the Hub:

Policy and Process - you can view the policy and process information by following this link to the Quality Handbook. This outlines the Policy that underpins the approval process and outlines the process by which programmes and modules are approved, amended and withdrawn. We recommend that you read the relevant sections before beginning to propose the change you have planned.

Co-Producers - there are a range of individuals and teams who will work with you to develop your proposal and in this section, you will find brief introductions to the work that they do in relation to programmes and modules and some key questions that you can use to help you prepare your proposal for submission. Contact details are also provided in case you have further questions.

Forms - this section provides you with links to the forms used to submit proposals for modules and programmes and information about what to include in the forms, and how to complete them. Exemplars will be provided.


Transition and Implementation

The new approach will be live from 1st September 2017, however, it is recognised that there will need to be a period of transition.

  • All proposals started prior to the 1st September will be accepted on the previous proposal forms
  • All new proposals should use the new proposal forms
  • All submissions to ESEC Programme Business Sub-committee should include the relevant Programme Specification or Module Descriptor in the new format. 

All of the forms developed for use in this process will be reviewed in Spring 2018, we want to ensure these are fit for purpose and your feedback on their format, content, ease of use etc will help inform any revisions. 

Work will continue with the relevant teams with the end goal of removing the need for Word based forms and using Single Source of Course to gather all this information and support the approval process.

Over a period of 12-18 months we will work with you to transition all modules and programmes to the new templates.


Key Dates

The following dates provide the key timeline for the 2017-18 academic year. This has been developed to take into account the publication timelines for the UG and PG prospectuses, UCAS deadlines and the module roll-over process.

Dates for 18-19 will be added shortly.

Month Date Activity



9th ESEC Programme Business Sub-Committee 1
16th 2019/20 UG Prospectus Programme Deadline
November 30th ESEC Programme Business Sub-Committee 2
January 15th UCAS Student Application Deadline
  29th ESEC Programme Business Sub-Committee 3
March 6th ESEC Programme Business Sub-Committee 4 (Paper deadline 13th February)
  30th 2018/19 UG Degree Programme Table Deadline
April 20th 2019/20 PG Prospectus Programme Deadline
May 1st 2018/19 UG Module Registration Opens
21st ESEC Programme Business Sub-Committee 5 (Paper deadline 30th April)
June 1st 2018/19 PG Degree Programme Table Deadline
August   2018/19 PG Module Registration Opens
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