Procedures for Institutions
Procedures for External Institutions interested in Academic Partnerships
Introduction to Establishing an Academic Partnership in the UK or Internationally
This document includes an introduction to collaborative provision and working in partnership for the delivery of programmes and modules of study, definitions and acronyms used throughout the procedures and guidance and the summary precepts from the QAA Code of Practice: Section 2 Collaborative Provision. Guidance provided includes background information to those considering an academic partnership.
Procedures for External Institutions wishing to establish an Academic Partnership
The following document outlines the procedure for Institutions seeking Partnership for the delivery of academic programmes or modules of study. The institution is asked to provide certain outline information in order for the University and the relevant College to make an informed decision as to whether the proposed partnership fits broadly within the University's strategic plan for collaborative provision. The University considers whether or not there is a prima facie case for pursuing the proposition. Once a prima facie case has been established a more detailed process of due diligence and risk assessment is required.
Establishing a Business Case for entering into a partnership arrangement
The University requires certain information about any institution where a partnership arrangement is proposed to ensure that the programme/modules validated by the University can be delivered by the Institution concerned to the required level and that the partnership is sustainable, to ensure that students are able to complete their awards. Further guidance on the requirements for this stage in the process can be obtained from the Faculty Office
Working Party on approval of a partnership
Once we have received the detailed information from the potential partner institution a Working Party is appointed by the Collaborative Provision Committee to provide an independent report on whether it is appropriate for the University to consider the proposed partnership for approval as well as the programme(s) or module(s) to be delivered by the Institution.
Visits to Institutions regarding establishing an Academic Partnership
The Working Party's role involves the verification of details contained in the proposal and it will appoint a University member of staff independent of the proposal under consideration to act as Visitor. The Visitor will visit the Institution and address any matters raised by the Working Party.