‘Collaborative Provision’ 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 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’s 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. Where required, the Collaborative Provision Group will consider proposals through an electronic fast-track process to ensure progress is not inhibited by the committee schedule. Chair’s action will then be sought, as necessary, from the Education Committee or Research and Postgraduate Committee.
It is 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. Chapter B10 of the QAA Quality Code provides valuable advice on the range of issues which should be considered within its supporting Indicators of Sound Practice (Indicator 6 specifically refers). Additional support is also available at Faculty level and through Academic Affairs as appropriate.
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