De Montfort University’s (DMU) key values include a commitment to work in the wider community, to promote widening participation, and to be a truly international university. The university's collaborative activity is therefore an important strand of its operation. DMU has a strong network of partnerships both in the UK and overseas, most of which have developed over a long period of time.
The university’s definition of collaborative provision is based on that used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), ie it leads to an award or to specific credit towards an award of DMU, delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through an arrangement with a partner organisation. More specific definitions of collaborative provision are available which seek to clarify the different types of arrangements managed by DMU. The collaborative register provides full details of the university's current collaborative partnerships. This is currently being updated and is available on request.
This section details the role the Educational Partnerships (EP) team within the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ) plays in managing the university's
faculty-owned* (see definition below) collaborative partnerships to quality assure standards, ensure they are well run and mutually beneficial, and students have the best possible experience. The team also maintain an oversight of student exchanges, but does not directly manage these arrangements. Separate guidance is available for provision delivered through the university’s validation service, which sits outside this framework (existing DMU partner institutions only). A range of resources are also available for collaborative partner staff teaching or supporting students studying at collaborative partner locations.
Quality management of the university's collaborative provision is overseen by the Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC).
* Faculty-owned collaborative provision refers to provision that both the university and partner institution have in the same cognate area – these arrangements form part of the faculty’s academic portfolio but are delivered and assessed in collaborating institutions, including overseas locations. Responsibility to monitor the operation and effectiveness of these collaborations falls on the faculty, with validation and review activity being managed centrally by DAQ .
Find out more about the quality management of collaborative provision
The DAQ guide to managing collaborative provision is the primary tool for colleagues involved in the quality management of collaborative partnerships. Key information from this guide is presented in this section along with other available material:
All forms, templates and proformas and guidance, policies and strategies relating to collaborative provision can be accessed collectively as well as separately through each area of this section.
For further information regarding collaborative provision, please contact Gurpal Singh.