Information for existing partners

The information provided on this page covers the framework for the approval, monitoring and review procedures for UK and international academic partnerships. It doesn't apply to our partnership with the University of Suffolk, which is subject to separate procedures.

Information is provided here about the processes to be used, along with relevant forms. Details of the professional development activities available for members of staff from our Academic Partner Institutions is also provided.


Outline approval: new courses and sites of delivery

Validation events for new courses and new sites of delivery

The purpose of validation events is to evaluate the academic content, quality and fitness for purpose of the proposed course(s).

Course modification

Course monitoring and review

Institutional approval and review

Institutional review is the process by which partner institutions are reviewed at institutional level, usually every five years, to ensure they remain suitable for the conduct of Higher Education (HE) programmes leading to an award of the University of Essex.

Student requests

  • Special syllabus requests

    The course team should complete this form where a temporary modification to a course is needed to meet the needs of an individual student or a small group of students.

  • Request for consultation with the Dean or Deputy Dean of Partnerships

    Students at partner institutions should complete this form when they wish to consult the Dean or Deputy Dean of Partnerships regarding a decision made by the Board of Examiners. Before submitting a form students should read the relevant online guidance about the University’s Appeals Procedures, which provides further information regarding the procedures and the form for submitting a formal appeal.

External Examiners

Information about our external examiner process is provided by Quality and Academic Development. This includes details about the process for appointing external examiners, their role and responsibilities and external examiner report proformas.

Professional development activities for partner institutions

We seek to provide a high quality educational experience for all students, whether studying at our University or our partner institutions. Events are held annually to cover exam board training, complaints and appeals processes and statutory data returns. Additional events are arranged as required to support the development or rollout of new processes and procedures and other enhancement activities.

In addition, members of staff from partner institutions are able to attend workshops organised by our Learning and Development team, which focus on different aspects of learning, teaching and research.

Updates to policies, procedures and processes