The University of Southampton
Quality Handbook

Collaborative Provision

Approving collaborative provisionOperating collaborative provisionRenewing collaborative provision

Collaborative provision involves working with another organisation (usually a higher education provider) on the delivery of learning opportunities leading or contributing to the award of academic credit or a qualification.

The University is involved in a variety of models of collaborative provision ranging from articulation arrangements and joint degrees to split-site PhDs and the offsite delivery of programmes. The current list of these arrangements can be found in the University's collaborative provision register. The establishment of new collaborative provision arrangements forms part of the University's broader strategic drive towards the development of new partnerships with organisations that are reputationally and financially sound and have an appropriate academic standing.

Definitions of the different types of collaborative provision together with the University's overarching approach to setting up and managing such arrangements can be found in the University's collaborative provision policy.

In addition to the policy, this section of the Quality Handbook also contains specific guidance for faculties on how to set up and review different types of arrangement, together with a suite of forms and checklists designed to facilitate the process.

Faculties should note that collaborative programmes require start-up and monitoring procedures which are in addition to those for programmes delivered exclusively by the University and that the development of new arrangements and renewal of existing ones can be a lengthy process

All collaborative provision arrangements require formal approval through the University’s governance structure and the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by the President and Vice-chancellor.

This policy is designed to meet indicators of sound practice in the QAA Quality Code: Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with others.

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