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1.1 This chapter of the Quality & Standards Handbook aims to be an accessible and comprehensive guide to procedural requirements for the approval, monitoring and review of collaborative provision. Its primary audiences are:
1.2 The University is mindful of the expectations articulated in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2018): that effective arrangements must be in place to ensure that the standards of its awards are credible and secure, and the academic experience is of high-quality, irrespective of where or how courses are delivered and who delivers them. In the design of its procedures for the approval, monitoring and review of its collaborative partnerships and provision, the University recognises - and seeks to manage - the risks associated with the devolution of responsibilities for managing quality and standards to, or sharing these responsibilities with, a partner. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, the processes for approval, monitoring and review are tailored according to the extent to which responsibilities are devolved to a partner organisation. However, while recognising the risks involved, the University also wishes to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits associated with entering into collaborative arrangements, such as widening participation in higher education, securing market advantages, and developing good relationships with other educational establishments, employers, etc, in the UK and abroad.
1.3 Approval, monitoring and review procedures for collaborative provision differ from the processes applying to home provision in a number of ways:
1.4 This chapter covers the following procedures:
Sections 2-6 set out the definitions of common forms of collaborative provision and some key considerations, and section 23 outlines the responsibilities of the key players in the approval, monitoring and review of collaborative arrangements.
1.5 This chapter does not include procedures for the approval, monitoring and review of:
1.6 Elements of other chapters of the Quality & Standards Handbook also apply to collaborative provision, and cross-references are made in the relevant sections of this chapter. The closure of collaborative programmes and/or partnerships is covered in Quality & Standards Handbook chapter 2 (Programme design and approval), section 6. For annual programme review requirements, refer to chapter 3: section 4.
1.7 The procedures for negotiation, approval and management of collaborative partnerships, set out in this chapter, aim to ensure that: