‌Academic Partnerships Handbook

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The Academic Partnerships Handbook forms part of the TQA manual and sets out the strategy, guidance and procedures relating to Academic Partnerships.  Academic Partnerships Handbook

 Partnership Proposal Forms (PPFs)

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A Partnership Proposal Form (PPF) should be completed for any academic partnership being developed or renewed by staff.

Different PPF templates are available for each type of partnership, as specific information is required for each.

Please read the descriptions provided to ensure you are using the correct type of PPF:

July 2018
Validation partnerships are where the University of Exeter delegate delivery of a programme to another organisation to deliver on its behalf (students receive an award from the University of Exeter).  
Articulation partnerships are where provision offered by another instiution is deemed suitable preparation for a student to transfer onto a University of Exeter programme. Usually at an advanced stage, e.g. direct entry to year 2 of an Undergraduate degree. Students may receive an initial award at the partner institution and then achieve a University of Exeter award.  

Double degree partnerships consist of one programme with two awards with two possible outcomes. The programme consists of elements from the University of Exeter and elements from the partner institution. Each award is independent from the other and based on credit from the respective instiution. If one party fails to award, the other retains the right to revert to the awarding of a single degree. In this case the reference to the other party that does not award should not be included on either the certificate or transcript.

Students are registered at both institutions and students must comply with regulations from both institutions. Requires detailed negotiation to ensure that this is feasible and there are no conflicting elements. 

PGR: Only to be used in exceptional circumstances for PGR level partnerships where there are multiple students over successive intakes. Double degrees for single PGR students are no longer permitted.

 

Dual degree partnerships consist of one programme with two awards. The programme consists of elements from the University of Exeter and elements from the partner institution. Each award is based on credit from both institutions and awards are not independent.

PGR: Dual degrees are not relevant for PGR level collaborative partnerships with the exception of Professional Doctorate Programmes.

 
Split Site partnerships involve one programme and one award, but with a significant contribution e.g. teaching, facilities, knowledge etc made by the partner organisation (not necessarily a HEI).  

Split Site are the favoured option for PGR level collaborative partnerships. 

Split Site Single PGR Students involve one programme and one award, but with a significant contribution made by the partner organisation. Note: there is a different approval process for Split Site Single PGR Students as outlined at the end of the PPF template.

Progression partnerships provide an access route into study at the University of Exeter from a partner institution. Students who have successfully completed a programme at the partner institution may be considered for entry (on an individual basis) onto a University of Exeter degree programme.

 

Student Exchange: International Exchange and Erasmus+ student exchange partnerships involve UG/PGT students undertaking credit-mobility study for 1 year or 1 semester between a European or International HE partner institution.

Study Abroad Fee-Paying: non exchange - inbound credit-mobility students from an international, non European institution (partner or non partner) that are liable to pay fees. These should be developed in collaboration with the Study Abroad team. Note: there is a different approval process for PGR level Study Abroad (see below).

PGR level study abroad and student exchange partnerships have a different approvals process as outlined at the end of the PPF template.

 

Joint awards (sometimes called a cotutelle) consist of one programme and one award. The programme consists of elements from two or more HEIs and students are registered at both institutions. Note: these require detailed negotiation and specification and are extremely complex and time-consuming to establish and oversee. Therefore sufficient time needs to be allowed when developing these.

PGR: Preferred partnership route for PGR level partnerships instead of Double Degrees. For PGR this involves one award, one viva, with one outcome, consisting of elements from two or more HEIs. A Minimum Compliance Checklist must be adhered to and used at the start of any Joint Award discussions with partners.

 

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) are used to show an 'intent' of collaboration without committing to specific activities. They are not legally binding, but they do signal our intention of working towards an academic partnership in future. The MOU (non research) PPF should be used for MOUs that are education based. IMPORTANT - MOUs primarily for research partnerships have a separate approval/signatory process. This is outlined at the end of the MOU PPF form and further information is available by contacting Research Services rkt@exeter.ac.uk 

 

Policies and regulations

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The Quality Assurance Agency's quality code (Chapter B10: Managing Higher Education Provision with Others) applies to the management of learning opportunities delivered, assessed or supported with other organisations. The University must ensure that it conforms to this code. Quality Code Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with others 01/05/2014
All staff involved in partnership activity should be aware of their responsibilities in relation to maintaining records of gifts and hospitality. The University's policy and code of practice, and further information on the Bribery Act 2010, can be found on HR's web pages. HR guidance on the prevention of bribery 12/02/2015