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Collaborative Arrangements

‘Educational Partnerships’ describes 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 Education Committee (Quality and Standards) (ECQS)  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’s Academic Council has delegated responsibility for approving agreements between the University and a collaborating organisation to ECQS. Where there are major strategic agreements, these must be approved by Academic Council and Senate.  

It is generally not appropriate for a Faculty, 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 involving students are matters primarily for Academic Affairs.  Where a School or Faculty wishes to develop an educational or an award-based research collaborative arrangement, it is recommended that Academic Affairs is contacted for advice, in the first instance.  Academic Affairs also deals with institutional recruitment agreements which, though not strictly collaborative provision, still require formal scrutiny and approval.

The University’s approval procedures are tailored to the risks associated with the various types of collaboration normally presented.  Appropriate due diligence should, however, be carried out before proceeding to the substantive development of any proposed collaborate arrangement.  The Partnerships Advice and Guidance theme of the UK Quality Code For Higher Education provides valuable advice on the range of issues which should be considered including Core and Common Practices and Guiding Principles.   Additional support is also available at Faculty level and through Academic Affairs as appropriate.

All General Collaborative Provision queries to:

University Policy and Key Principles for Collaborative Provision

Types of Collaboration

Recognised Teachers/Supervisors

University Coordinators

Collaborative Student Experience

Collaborative Partnerships Register