Collaborative Research Degree Programmes are subject to normal annual programme review mechanisms to ensure academic quality and standards are benchmarked against and remain comparable to that of internal provision. This is undertaken through Continuous Action for Programme Enhancement (CAPE). University Coordinators are responsible for engaging in this process and for submitting and evaluating relevant information in line with School/Faculty deadlines each year. Collaborative organisations should also be consulted as appropriate. Risks and good practice will be reported to the ECQS for note and to provide appropriate assurances on the academic quality of the programmes being delivered.
University Coordinators, in consultation with the collaborative organisation, are also required to submit an annual monitoring report to ECQS, through the Partnerships Team in Academic Affairs, on each collaborative programme so that appropriate assurances can be provided to the University on arrangement with the partner and compliance with supporting Memoranda of Agreement. A standardised template is available and will be issued by Academic Affairs to University Coordinators for completion each year. These should be submitted to the School Postgraduate Research Committee for endorsement and then to Faculty for final approval. Completed reports should be returned to Academic Affairs by the required deadline.
Feedback on behalf of ECQS on outcomes arising from the annual monitoring process will be provided by Academic Affairs to Schools/Faculties for action and/or dissemination to the partner institution, as appropriate. Specific feedback from the CAPE will be provided separately in line with arrangements in place for that review process.