A representation is an opportunity for an institution to provide information in response to the reasons for non-accreditation of a programme submission as provided by the HEQC, prior to a final decision being made.
The HEQC will inform institutions its intention to make a decision of a negative outcome of its applications. An institution then has the opportunity to submit a representation within 21 days of receipt of the HEQC’s notification. After a re-evaluation and reconsideration of the decision, the HEQC will make a decision which is considered to be final. No further representations will be permitted.
In cases where an application is not recommended for accreditation / approval, the institution may make ONE (1) representation. This representation:
- should be in writing
- should not repeat the contents of the original application
- should be confined to the information provided by the institution during the evaluation process: that is, information that was part of the institution's application and that was made available to the panel of evaluators
- may include new and additional information that is relevant to the reasons for non-accreditation as set out by the report of the HEQC
- should address the report and recommendations of the Accreditation Committee focusing on any errors and omissions that may have occurred in the evaluation process
- should reach the HEQC within 21 working days of the date of the letter
Should the decision not to accredit / approve be upheld, the institution may not submit the same application for accreditation for a period of one year following the original date of submission of the original application.