Approval to Proceed must be secured from the relevant Faculty Executive Board (FEB) for all proposed collaborative arrangements to allow formal approval mechanisms to be instigated on behalf of ECQS. Supporting procedures for Approval to Proceed with regard to Articulations are as follows:
(a) Articulations involving a UK/EU Partner
The initial proposal must be discussed and approved at the relevant FEB using the appropriate Approval to Proceed pro-forma for Articulations, which should be completed and endorsed at School level in the first instance. Faculties may adopt their own procedures, in line with their respective internal governance structures, for bringing forward this documentation as required. However, early contact with the Admissions and Access Service and Academic Affairs is recommended.
Where a discounted fee is to be proposed, a business plan should be developed, in conjunction with the relevant Faculty Finance Business Partner, and agreed with the Finance Directorate. Schools should discuss initial ideas with the appropriate Dean(s) within the Faculty to check that the proposal aligns with the Faculty’s plan.
(b) Articulations involving an International Partner
All proposed articulation arrangements with an international partner must be considered in accordance with the University’s International Partnership Triage Process to secure the necessary Approval to Proceed.
Where a proposed arrangement is to include the award of a double degree, the supporting documentation should also provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate the University's Policy on Joint and Dual Awards that has been considered and key principles addressed. Early contact with the Admissions and Access Service and Academic Affairs is also recommended.
FEB must inform the Partnerships Team in Academic Affairs if the proposed articulation is given Approval to Proceed and supply the name of the assigned University Coordinator, providing confirmation of the decision and supporting documentation. The Secretary will then contact the lead School (or Faculty depending on the extent/nature of the arrangement) to confirm next steps.