The Validation Process with a Professional Body

What is it?

Validation is a process that is used by the University to create a new course.

The process involves a Validation Team (or ‘panel’) reviewing submitted by the School and providing comments around assessment, learning and teaching, student support etc. Sometimes the documentation will also be discussed at a meeting with both staff members and students. Once the university has reviewed and approved the documentation it is sent to the Professional Body for consideration. This may then involve a further meeting with the Professional Body in order to approve the course for delivery.

What is a Professional Body?

A Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (or ‘PSRB’) is an organisation which accredits our courses. These courses may then lead to the student achieving a professional qualification on completion of their studies. An example could include a Nursing Qualification; all Nursing Students must meet certain standards to be accredited to work in their desired profession.

What will we be asking you to do?

Your role will involve being part of the Validation team where we ask for your help to review documentation from a student’s point of view!  You may also be invited to attend a meeting if you are available.   We will be there to support you throughout the whole process and will provide you with guidance on what you need to look for within the documentation and how to present your feedback.

Who is involved?

Staff from across the University, an external academic from another university, employers, practitioners and representatives from the Professional Body.

When does it take place?

Validations with PSRBs take place throughout the year with most being completed between January and June.

What will you get out of it?

By taking part in this process you will be able to gather an understanding of some of the academic and quality processes that are used within the university to ensure that your fellow students have a great experience.

You will gain valuable experience to add to your CV as well as a letter of commendation from the Head of the Quality and Collaboration Unit. You may also use the time towards the University’s Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award and Student’s Union Volunteering Award.