The University regards Professional Accreditation visits as a University event and it is thus vital that it maintains an overview of accreditation events and the documentation which is sent to the bodies in question.
Decisions regarding exactly which external bodies constitute an ‘accreditation event’ will be determined on an individual basis, in consultation with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching). The PSRB policy applies to all engagement with PSRBs where an application for accreditation or re-accreditation is being made.
The Learning and Teaching Committee has agreed the policy and process by which the University deals with the accreditation of its programmes by Professional or Statutory Bodies. It is important that all Faculties are clear about what procedures should be followed when communicating with their Professional Bodies in order to ensure that accreditation events present the University in the most effective way.
This in no way impinges upon the role of the individual academic area and Faculties will continue to be responsible for all aspects of the accreditation visit; this includes the detailed scheduling and management of the visit; the preparation of the relevant documentation; liaison with the professional body regarding the information required etc. However, submission of finalised documentation to the accrediting body should be done via the Academic Quality and Partnerships Office, under the Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s covering letter, after the documentation has been formally signed-off by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. The covering letter to the documentation from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor would make it clear that communication should be with the academic area in question and not directly with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
It is vital that there is some independent input to the documentation to ensure the accurate reflection of University-wide policy, regulation and procedure and that any waivers from regulation are reflected appropriately in the documentation.