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Professional Statutory Regulatory Body accreditation

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) are external bodies which accredit, recognise and approve programmes that lead to a professional or vocational qualification or exemption from a professional examination.

A PSRB ‘accredited’, ‘recognised’ or ‘approved’ programme may convey, or be a step toward obtaining a licence to practise in a particular regulated profession; and/or it may confer full or partial exemption from professional qualifications.

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory body accreditation usually entails an inspection of provision, either through a visit involving relevant programme and Faculty staff and PSRB representatives or through scrutiny of programme documentation. It is often given for a specific time period, after which there has to be further inspection to retain the accreditation/recognition/approval.

The University encourages Faculties to seek and maintain appropriate PSRB accreditation or similar recognition for its programmes of study.

Quality Assurance

Since accreditation/recognition/approval often requires Faculties to submit programme documentation for scrutiny, Faculties may consider it appropriate to tie the accreditation/recognition/approval process is in with the programme validation/validation of an existing programme process thereby preventing unnecessary duplication of effort.

Responsibility for the preparation of documentation required for programme accreditation/recognition/approval by PSRBs and for making arrangements for visits, (where applicable) rests with the relevant programme team within Faculties. Advice and information should be sought from the Faculty Academic Registrar, Faculty Curriculum and Quality Assurance Team and QSAT as appropriate.

Reporting

Reports from PSRBs are received and considered by the relevant Faculty Programmes Committee (FPC) as well as any resulting action plan (usually created as a result of recommendations by the Academic Scrutiny Group). The FPC is responsible for monitoring the implementation and completion of any resulting action plan.

Following consideration by FPC, the PSRB report, and any action plans and response is submitted to the Vice-President (Education). The Vice-President (Education) uses these reports to support the University’s oversight of programmes which have been awarded accreditation/recognition/approval by a PSRB.

If the report raises any issues about University-level processes or procedures, identifies serious concerns, or if accreditation is withdrawn following a PSRB visit, this should be drawn to the attention of AQSC.

Monitoring

Faculties maintain a record of all programmes of study accreditation/recognition/approval by PSRBs. The records identify the details of the PRSB and the type of accreditation/recognition/approval and dates of validity. QSAT confirm the accuracy of this data annually via each Faculty Curriculum and Quality Assurance Team. A list of programmes with PSRB involvement is presented to AQSC annually.

Information about PSRB accreditation/recognition/approval is included in the Key Information Sets and therefore responsibility for ensuring that this information is accurate rests with the Faculty. It is also included on programme specifications.

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