The validation process allows for a new or significantly revised course to be examined by an acknowledged group of experienced peers including internal and external academics, employer representatives and students where applicable. Validation policies and procedures follow the principles of the QAA UK Quality Code and are informed by guidance from the Council of Validating Universities, including its Handbook for Practitioners: Managing Quality and Standards in Collaborative Provision.
Revalidation is the formal process by which a course is evaluated and UEA is assured of the continuing quality of the provision. The process normally takes place every five years and is the basis for revalidation with effect from the following academic year. The revalidation process can be brought forward at the discretion of the Chair of the relevant Joint Board of Study or Joint Committee where there is a major variation to a course, or where either the institution or the University have a particular concern. Internal and external peer review is a normal part of revalidation, as it is of the validation process.