Approval to Proceed must be secured from the relevant FEB to allow formal approval mechanisms to be instigated on behalf of ECQS.
The initial proposal must be discussed and approved at the relevant FEB using the appropriate Approval to Proceed pro forma for CRDPs , which should be completed and endorsed at School level in the first instance. The paperwork should also include a completed Risk Assessment. Where the arrangement is to involve an international partner, the supporting paperwork required for the selection of new International Partners should be completed. Faculties may adopt their own procedures, in line with their respective internal governance structures, for bringing forward the required documentation. However, early contact with Academic Affairs is recommended.
Where a discounted or bespoke fee is to be proposed, a business plan should be developed, in conjunction with the relevant Faculty Finance Officer, 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.
Where a proposed arrangement is to include the award of a dual or joint PhD, supporting documentation should also provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the Joint and Dual Awards has been considered and key principles addressed. Further detailed University guidance on the approval of such awards is available.
FEB must inform the Secretary to the ECQS if the proposed CRDP is given Approval to Proceed and supply the name of an 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.