Approval process for academic partnerships

The process below applies to all types of academic partnership. The Partnerships team should be contacted for advice prior to submitting any proposal to form a new academic partnership.

Process in full

Process summary

Stage 1: Strategic and business aspects

An initial evaluation of the strategic, financial and legal/contractual aspects of the partnership must be undertaken in order to establish a prima facie case for moving to stage two. This initial evaluation will include:

  • an assessment of the benefits and risks of the proposal to our University and alignment with our strategic aims
  • due diligence to ensure that the organisation is reputable, financially sound, and has the legal capacity to enter into a contractual arrangement
  • an outline business case

Stage 2: Academic and quality assurance aspects

Once the strategic and business case has been approved, a full evaluation of the academic and quality assurance aspects of the proposal will be undertaken via an institutional validation process.

Guidance notes and forms