Typically, developing a new collaborative programme will be predominantly supported by the Academic Quality Services and the Academic Partnerships Department. These programmes include:
• Franchise Arrangements;
• Validation Arrangements;
• Flying Faculty Arrangements;
• Collaborative Research Degrees;
• Joint Research Degrees;
• Dual Degrees;
• Double Degrees.
Stages of the Development and Approval Process:
a): Initial Identification of Opportunity
Proof of Concept form: Developed by School/Faculty Lead Academic with support from Head of School/Executive Dean and supported by Academic Partnership Department.
Information to be included on the Proof of Concept form:
- Academic Lead;
- Academic Department in which the partnership will be based;
- Level, Title, Subject Area, Mode of Delivery and Duration of proposed partnership;
- A brief summary of the partnership proposal (who is the partner, how has the opportunity arisen, initial overview of proposed partnership, strategic fit (how does the partnership meeting University/Faculty/School strategic objectives);
- Costs anticipated with the set-up and delivery of the partnership, and a basic business plan (to include suggested income and costs once the partnership is established).
The Proof of Concept must be supported by the relevant School/Faculty Committee (i.e. L&T or Research Committee). It must also be supported by the Head of School/Executive Dean.
b): Initial Swansea University endorsement
The completed Proof of Concept form will then be considered by Programme Management Board.
Should the Proof of Concept be supported by PMB, the following will be undertaken:
- Full due diligence processes (legal, financial and ethical), undertaken by APD;
- Site visit to partner (if recommended by PMB/CPB and completion of the Site Visit Report;
- Division of Responsibilities form completed;
- Full business case to be developed (by proposing School/Faculty, with support from the School’s Finance Business Partner and APD);
- Academic Quality Services “New/Amending Programme Proposal” form be completed (by the School/Faculty and APD).
The following table identifies the next stages in the approval process.
For more information on developing collaborative programmes please see the relevant FAQ section:
- Division of Responsibilities for Development of a Collaborative Partnership/Programme
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management
- Contractual Agreements
- Review of Collaborative Partnerships
All the necessary forms can be found in our Documents Hub.