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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or a ‘letter of intent’ can be used to initiate a relationship with an identified partner. Requests for signature should be endorsed by the Faculty, in the first instance, for consideration by the Chair of the Collaborative Provision Group for approval to sign.  Faculties may adopt their own procedures, in line with their respective internal governance structures, to facilitate consideration of a proposed new MOU.  Requests to CPG should, however, normally include background information on the partner (e.g. its standing/ranking) and a rationale for the link, including details of any developments planned or under discussion.  The extent of any previous dealings between the University and the proposed partner should also be highlighted where possible.  Schools and Faculties should liaise with the International Office on the suitability of the proposed international partner and for supporting details which can be included in the request.

Agreed requests should be submitted to Academic Affairs for processing where these principally relate to the development of educational links; those regarding research should be directed to the Research and Enterprise Directorate.

The authorised signatory for a MOU or letter of intent is the Vice-Chancellor or an Institutional Pro-Vice-Chancellor.  It is not a legally binding document.  Please liaise with Academic Affairs or the Research and Enterprise Directorate should any proposed amendments to this template be required or if the partner proposes an alternative template for signature.