The University operates a range of partnerships in relation to its taught course provision. These include arrangements with employers for the delivery of work-based learning and with other universities for study abroad. Visiting lecturers and guest speakers from outside organisations may be used.
Five formal categories are identified for collaborative provision with other educational or training institutions.
This table summarises the operational implications of each category.
The University records information on each link in a collaborative courses register which is available here.
A Partnership Handbook describes policy and procedures for the initial recognition of institutions and their re-approval, and for the approval, management and monitoring of courses in more detail. See also Programme Approval and Programme Revision and information on the Quality Enhancement site.
For validated and franchised courses, an initial strategic assessment of prospective new partners is undertaken for consideration by the University's Senior Leadership Team. The Team must have determined that the link is in the University's strategic interest before course proposals are developed. An institutional visit is made. The Quality Enhancement Unit manages the process of institutional approval.
For validated provision, Faculty Partnership Managers are appointed as the identified link between the Faculty and partner institutions and they co-ordinate provision of subject-specific advice with other Faculty staff where appropriate. The role and responsibilities are described here. Contact details are available here. A Collaborative Partnerships Forum meets on a regular basis.
For franchised courses, the Faculty Partnership Manager has an oversight role but the Course Director and course committee for the home and partner course maintain close links.