5.7 Modifications to existing collaborative arrangements

  • 7.1 Partner organisations may suggest modifications to collaborative programmes, but they may only be approved and implemented on completion of the appropriate approval process as set out in the Quality & Standards Handbook chapter 2: section 4.

    7.2 Where programmes leading to the same award are being delivered by more than one partner, through a franchise arrangement or via the ACP, and/or also by the University, modifications should be agreed by all parties, in order to ensure continued comparability of the standards of the award and quality of the student experience across all delivery locations. However, changing delivery at all sites may not be appropriate for all types of modification, some of which may be to respond to local needs, therefore advice on such proposals should be sought from the link QAO.

    7.3 In the case of validation, credit rating and articulation arrangements, the partner organisation must notify the University when modifications are to be made to their programme, and the Faculty AESC/QLIC must ensure that the partner programme continues to meet the University’s requirements for the credit being awarded.

    7.4 Modifications to ACP and flying faculty provision are dealt with in the same way as for home provision. Modifications to jointly-provided programmes leading to dual or joint awards must be agreed by all partners involved.

    7.5 CVs of new staff appointed by the partner to teach on an existing collaborative programme should be submitted to the Liaison Manager and considered for approval by the Faculty AESC/QLIC. The ‘new staff CV’ template (T5.9) should be used for ACP provision and may also be used for other partnerships. The outcome of the FAESC/QLIC consideration should be reported to the APQO via the link QAO, for recording with the definitive programme documentation – the Operations Manual must also be updated.
    7.6 For the approval of additional delivery locations for existing collaborative arrangements, i.e. the same partner will be delivering the same programme/s at a new location, a site visit (as described in 3.4 above) will be undertaken by an appropriate member of University staff, plus a secretary (usually a QAO, unless alternative arrangements have been agreed with the Head of APQO) who will write a report to notify Faculty AESC/QLIC. Template T5.14 may be used, but the format of the report is likely to vary, depending on the nature of the provision concerned (for example, specialist facilities may need to be evaluated for some provision), and Faculties should consult their link QAO to agree on the agenda for the visit, and the personnel who will need to be involved in the visit. Note: If the proposal involves the addition of new teaching staff as well as a new delivery location, an approval event should be held.
  • 7.7 In all cases of modification to approved arrangements, the Operations Manual must be updated and approved, and lodged with the definitive documents governing the collaborative arrangements, held by the Academic Policy & Quality Office.