Collaborative Provision

Collaborative Provision

The University’s principles and approach to the management of partnerships for collaborative academic provision are set down in its Collaborative Academic Arrangements Policy.  The policy is informed by the QAA Quality Code on collaborative provision.

Information specifically for partners, including that pertaining to management and operational aspects of delivery is available on our dedicated partnership pages

The pages below detail the principles and processes for the following, based on the Policy and Strategy document above:

Off-site delivery

To ensure that there is central oversight of collaborative arrangements all proposals for delivery off-site are to be considered by the University Executive Course Scrutiny Group through the standard course proposal form.  Once planning agreement is received from CSG the approval of off-site delivery proposals is normally the responsibility of the IQC unless CSG recommends a full course approval. 

Recognition Arrangements

In addition to the range of activities and provision identified through the University’s Typology of Collaborative Partnership Arrangements (as set out in its Partnerships and Collaborative Academic Provision Policy and Strategy - currently under review), the University also operates the principle of recognition.   

Recognition arrangements are included within the University’s Collaborative Academic Arrangements Policy.  Recognition is defined as an arrangement whereby a named award delivered by another institution is formally recognised as appropriate for entry with or without advanced standing to a specified UW programme, thereby providing a basis for individual applications to the course. There is no guaranteed entry through any recognition arrangement and such arrangements normally apply to international institutions and internationally recognised awarding bodies only.

The Principles and process for the approval and monitoring of recognition arrangements set out the expectations of this form of activity in further detail. In accordance with the process, recognition arrangements are developed, managed, and monitored by the relevant UW Institute in liaison with the Admissions Office and International Office (as appropriate), and approved on behalf of the University by the University Executive Group.

Principles and process for the approval and monitoring of recognition arrangements

Flowchart on recognition agreements

Template for recognition proposals

Memorandum of recognition template

School Direct Route

School Direct Routes (School Direct & School Direct (Salaried))   The White Paper ‘Training our Next Generation of Teachers’ (November 2011) strongly advocates increased collaborative ITE delivery with a move towards greater ‘school-led’ training. This new route into teaching demands that individual schools bid for numbers from the Teaching Agency. Alongside this bid schools have to name the provider they wish to be in partnership with. Each school is required to have a formal partnership agreement with their provider. Those trainees following the School Direct route will be awarded a PGCE, to include up to 60 M level credits and QTS. This provision will be subject to Ofsted external monitoring, scrutiny and inspection as part of UW ITE provision inspection cycle process.    

The Course Approval Process and Management of Quality Assurance for School Direct models of Partnerships set out the expectations of this form of activity in further detail.

Useful Links

Partnership pages
Information for partner staff related to the management and operation of collaborative provision

Partner Institutions
Details of the University's current collaborative provision