Academic & Student Affairs

Collaborative Arrangements

‘Collaborative Provision’ denotes educational provision leading to a taught or research award, or to specified credit towards an award of Queen’s, delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through an arrangement with a partner organisation.  This may be a UK/EU or International Partner.

The Collaborative Provision Group (CPG) has primary responsibility for the initial approval and maintenance of the standards of delivery and quality of programmes offered by the University under validation or other arrangements with external education providers.  The University Academic Council has delegated responsibility for approving agreements between the University and a collaborating organisation to the Education Committee or Research and Postgraduate Committee as appropriate.  Where there are major strategic agreements these must be approved by Academic Council and Senate.

It is not appropriate for a School or department at the University to enter into an institutional/programme agreement with a School or department in the partner organisation.  For a partner organisation, the appropriate authority is the body responsible for academic matters and/or corporate management. 

Institutional procedures and the drafting, administration, archive and maintenance of institutional/programme agreements for educational and research collaboration are matters primarily for Academic Affairs.  Where a School wishes to develop an educational or research collaborative arrangement, it is recommended that Academic Affairs is contacted for advice, in the first instance.

Please note that the University’s Quality Assurance Framework for Collaborative Provision, as reflected in these published procedures, will be subject to amendment during Semester 1, 2016-17.

Key Contacts:
Eileen Devlin (     Clare McVeigh (

Angela Douglas (