The University collaborates with education providers and other organisations to provide a diversity of pathways and progression to higher education. This helps to achieve a diverse but complementary set of academic, business, economic and social objectives. The University engages in a wide range of collaborative partnerships, intended to align academic strengths and shared interests for mutual benefit.
The University’s processes and procedures for managing the quality and standards of collaborative partnerships and provision are designed to both promote and safeguard the University’s reputation, nationally and internationally, and to ensure that the quality and standards of its collaborative provision are secure and in line with national expectations. The procedures also seek to ensure that, whilst the collaborative student experience may be different to that experienced by students studying onsite, it is of comparable quality.
The purpose of Section 7 of the Quality Manual is to provide guidance on the principles, approval, operation, monitoring and contractual procedures that apply to all collaborative partnerships and provision leading to an academic award or credit from the University. The University’s collaborative provision is subject to the same quality assurance and enhancement procedures as for onsite provision, with additional process augmentation where necessary, proportionate to the level of risk associated with various types of collaborative arrangement. Detailed definitions of the types of collaborative arrangement the University will enter into are set out in this section of the Quality Manual.