Approving new collaborative partnerships
Before the university can approve a programme to run at a new collaborative partner, it must formally approve the partnership. This includes checks to ensure the good standing of the prospective partner and its capability to fulfil its proposed role, as well as ascertaining compatibility between the educational objectives of the two institutions.
The Academic Partnerships Unit within Strategic and International Partnerships Directorate are responsible for supporting the approval of new collaborative partnerships. The process includes an initial due diligence check alongside the faculty’s submission, which is then considered by the Executive Board. Subject to approval, a formal approval visit to the prospective partner takes place.
Each stage of the process involves the scrutiny of a range of supporting materials. This includes documentation supplied by the prospective partner, alongside other evidence obtained from central DMU departments and the faculty. External agencies and organisations may also provide additional documentation, where appropriate.
Full details on the process for approving a new collaborative partnership can be found in the guide to managing collaborative provision. The guide outlines the key stages for collaborative partnership approval, from the initial enquiry, gaining approval in principle, and the partnership approval event. Separate guidance on introducing new collaborative programmes at existing partners is also included.
Please contact the Academic Partnerships Unit at the initial enquiry stage, to discuss developing a new collaborative partnership. Additional guidance and support for both faculties and prospective partners is available.