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Partnership Activities

There are several types of partnership the University may consider:

In the early phases of a relationship and in order to formalise the development phase of the partnership activity, the University may enter into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a partner.  This is not in itself partnership or provision, and no programme delivery may take place under an MoU.  It does, however, require formal approval and oversight and the MoU may only be signed by the Vice-Chancellor.

See the Partnership Typology for full details.

Franchise

A University of Bradford programme which is normally (but not always) delivered at the University and is authorised by the University for delivery by a partner institution, and which leads to University of Bradford credit or award.

Key Characteristics

  • The University ‘owns’ the programme and as such retains direct control of and responsibility for its content, the teaching and learning strategy, assessment and quality assurance.
  • Approval process assesses the strategic rationale for the partnership, including its financial viability and sustainability, and the suitability of the partner to deliver a UoB award.
  • Covered by a formal contract, between the partner and UoB, which includes the financial arrangements.
  • Students are enrolled and have a direct contractual relationship with the University.
  • Subject to programme enhancement planning and periodic review of programme(s).
  • Board of Examiners meeting chaired by UoB, and to include an External Examiner appointed by UoB.
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Validation

A programme developed and delivered by a partner organisation leading to University of Bradford credit or award. The programme(s) must fit with the University’s strategic, ethical and financial objectives and have been approved as of appropriate standard to lead to an award of the University of Bradford.

Key characteristics

  • The programme is designed, developed and owned by the partner.
  • Approval process assesses the strategic rationale for the partnership, including its financial viability and sustainability.
  • The University must assure itself that the quality and standard of the programme and its management are appropriate to contribute or lead to a University of Bradford award.
  • Covered by a formal contract, between the partner and UoB, which includes the financial arrangements.
  • Students normally have a direct contractual relationship with the partner.
  • Subject to programme enhancement planning and periodic review of programme(s).
  • Board of Examiners meeting chaired by UoB, and to include an External Examiner appointed by UoB.
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Dual Award

The University, with one or more partner institutions together provide a jointly delivered programme leading to separate awards being granted by both, or all, of them. The programme would be expected to provide enhancement through, for example, opportunities for staff/student exchange, work experience and to demonstrate this in the Programme Specification.

Key characteristics:

  • The University of Bradford is responsible for assuring itself of the quality and academic standards of the overall programme of study leading to the University of Bradford award.
  • The programme is expected to include some value-added or additionality, such as opportunities for staff/student exchange, extra curricular activity, work-experience, personal development, or additional credit and to demonstrate this in the Programme Specification.
  • The partner is responsible for assuring the quality and standards of its own award.
  • Approval process assesses the strategic rationale for the partnership, including its financial viability and sustainability.
  • Covered by a formal contract, between the partner and UoB, which includes the financial arrangements.
  • Students are enrolled and have a direct contractual relationship with the University.
  • Subject to programme enhancement planning and periodic review of programme(s).
  • Board of Examiners meeting held and chaired by UoB for our award, and to include an External Examiner appointed by UoB.
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Joint Award

A programme delivered by the University of Bradford together with one or more degree awarding institutions, leading to a single award made jointly by both or all partners. The Programme Specification should demonstrate the complementary strengths of each partner and explain how this is reflected in the programme.

Key characteristics:

  • The University of Bradford is responsible for assuring itself of the quality and academic standards of the overall programme of study leading to the award.
  • Students normally undertake a period of study at the University of Bradford and a period of study at one or more partner organisation.
  • The Programme Specification is expected to demonstrate the complementary strengths of the partners.
  • Students enrolled at ‘home’ institution, i.e. normally the one where they are studying the most credit.
  • Other students are enrolled as associate students.
  • Arrangements for Boards of Examiners, including the arrangements for External Examiners, must enable the University to assure the quality and standards of its awards and are negotiated and set out clearly in the contract.
  • Subject to programme enhancement planning and periodic review of programme(s).
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Progression Agreement

An agreement which recognises and grants guaranteed admission at entry level to a University of Bradford programme from a programme of study undertaken at an approved partner organisation.

Key characteristics:

  • The University reviews and maps the relevant provision at the partner organisation and judges that the curriculum, or a specified part of it, provides the basis for entry to a University of Bradford programme.
  • The achievements gained by partner students are deemed equivalent to other students entering the programme.
  • A discounted fee is sometimes part of the agreement.
  • Progression to attend UoB from overseas partners need to address Home Office requirements.
  • The continuing suitability of the partner’s provision is evaluated through monitoring of student performance as part of the Programme Enhancement Plan and periodic review.
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Articulation Agreement

An agreement which recognises and grants guaranteed admission with advanced standing, to a University of Bradford programme from a programme of study undertaken at an approved partner organisation.

Key characteristics:

  • The University reviews and maps the relevant provision at the partner organisation and judges that the curriculum, or a specified part of it, provides the basis for entry with credit or advanced standing (such as direct to level 5 or 6) to a University of Bradford programme, i.e. exemption from some part of the University of Bradford programme.
  • The achievements gained by partner students are deemed equivalent to other students entering the programme at the same stage.
  • A discounted fee is sometimes part of the agreement.
  • Progression to attend UoB from overseas partners need to address Home Office requirements.
  • The continuing suitability of the partner’s provision is evaluated through monitoring of student performance as part of the Programme Enhancement Plan and periodic review.
  • Partnership and contract subject to annual/periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.

Recognition Agreement

An agreement which recognises for admission to a University of Bradford programme, at entry level or with advanced standing, an approved qualification from another provider.

Key characteristics:

  • This arrangement recognises but does not guarantee entry.
  • The University reviews and maps the relevant provision and judges that the curriculum, or a specified part of it, provides the basis for entry or for credit / advanced standing (such as direct to level 5 or 6) to a University of Bradford programme, i.e. exemption from some part of the University of Bradford programme.
  • The achievements of students completing the provider programme are deemed equivalent to other students entering the programme at the same stage.
  • A discounted fee is sometimes part of the agreement.
  • Progression to attend UoB from overseas partners need to address Home Office requirements.
  • The continuing suitability of the partner’s provision is evaluated through monitoring of student performance as part of the Programme Enhancement Plan and periodic review.
  • Partnership and contract subject to periodic review.
  • Monitoring of publicity material.