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Terminating a programme of study

Responsibility for the termination of programmes of study rests with the Vice-Chancellor on the advice of the Strategic Portfolio Committee.

Where a decision to terminate a programme is taken, it is notified to the Academic Board, Quality and Standards Committee, and the appropriate Directorates.

Ideally, a decision to terminate a programme of study permanently is taken through normal planning processes and after necessary consultations and in advance of the year of the application round.

A decision to terminate a programme of study permanently will normally be signalled in an annual operating plan in the year before the academic year of the recruitment round.

University publicity will make it clear that any programme will only be run subject to a viable cohort being recruited.

Integral to the process of terminating a programme are the arrangements for existing students. Any decision to terminate a programme must, therefore, be subject to satisfactory arrangements being made for existing students to complete their programme and be assessed for the award for which they registered. The formal proposal should be made on the Termination of Programmes form (docx, 39kB) and submitted to approvals@yorksj.ac.uk for consideration by the Strategic Portfolio Committee which recommends a decision to the Vice-Chancellor.


Within the year of the application round, a decision will only be made to suspend recruitment to a programme of study: this is the subject of a separate procedure. A decision to terminate a programme will be taken through the subsequent planning process.

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