Validation refers to the process by which new programmes are considered for approval at the University of Northampton.

The process aims to ensure that the programme is current and valid, so meeting the needs of the following:

  • Students
  • Employers
  • Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs)
  • Academic partners
  • Staff (both academic and professional services)

The validation process also ensures that all new programmes are aligned with the University’s current Strategic Plan and Changemaker Plus and that all external requirements are met particularly in relation to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Benchmark Statements and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

The validation process is underpinned by externality, peer review and the student voice being central to all considerations. Validation events are normally held remotely (i.e. via online platforms such as Collaborate or Microsoft Teams).

The validation process is maintained by the Quality Unit, which ensures that it is proportionate to the scope of the provision being submitted for approval whilst being robust and responsive.

Programme Teams should bear in mind the need to validate new programmes in good time to allow for an appropriate period for marketing and recruitment. For programmes commencing in September 2022, it is recommended that they should normally have been validated (including the meeting of any conditions) by May 2022 at the latest.

For more details please see the Validation Handbook which is currently being updated for the 2021-22 academic year.

General queries in relation to the validation process can be sent to

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