Uniac - July 2022

23 find that “relaxed” procedures have been equally effective in ensuring compliance. An example we have seen from our work in the sector is to reduce the approval thresholds for categories of course changes, e.g. from Faculty-level to Schoollevel. Developing a risk-based approach to course changes Linked to this, institutions may wish to review the framework within which they address proposed course changes. Currently, the standard approach is to classify all types of amendment as major or minor and to develop the subsequent review and approval processes around these categories. While this approach can provide adequate control, we are aware from our work in the sector of a growing appetite to move away from prescriptive category definitions to a more risk-based approach. Under a risk-based approach, proposed amendments are considered individually and the level of risk determined according to the significance of the change (e.g. through its potential impact on learning objectives), its timing (e.g. whether it is proposed for current cohorts), and any other relevant considerations (e.g. whether a specific fieldwork destination was heavily marketed to current students). This assessment would determine whether the amendment ought to be classed as “major”, “minor”, or indeed any other risklevel. Institutions may find this approach could reduce the administrative burden of CMA compliance while being more conducive to course innovation and development. Uniac has experience in consumer protection laws as they apply to HEIs. We can provide an assessment of the current processes and controls in place to support compliance, along with sector benchmarking to help institutions develop a bestpractice approach. Fiona Waller Audit and Assurance Consultant e: fwaller@uniac.co.uk www.uniac.co.uk We can help

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