Validation Service is a framework which governs collaborative partnerships that do not form part of faculty academic provision, but are delivered and assessed in UK collaborating institutions. This model may be adopted where the university does not have provision in the same cognate area, or where there is related provision but the faculty(ies) concerned do not wish to collaborate but the university is still willing to validate.
The Academic Partnerships Unit (APU) within the Strategic and International Partnerships Directorate has responsibility for overseeing effective operation of the validated provision. Planning, validation and review (including quality assurance and enhancement) activity is also managed centrally by the Faculty of University Wide Learning which sits under APU.
There are a range of guides available for those involved in the development or management of Validation Service provision. The operational guide is aimed at staff involved in Validation Service administration. A practical handbook is available for those applying for, or involved in, the validation of these programmes. The overarching governance guidance outlines structures and activities to be undertaken to ensure the effective quality assurance and enhancement of this provision. There is also a separate guide to managing collaborative provision available.
For further guidance on Validation Service, please contact the Academic Partnerships Unit.