Typically, developing a new collaborative programme will be predominantly supported by the Academic Quality Services and the Academic Partnerships Directorate. 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 College/School Lead Academic with support from Head of College/School and supported by Academic Partnership Directorate.
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/College 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/College Committee (i.e. L&T or Research Committee). It must also be supported by the Head of College/School.
b): Initial Swansea University endorsement
The completed Proof of Concept form will then be considered by PMB.
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/CPBand completion of the Site Visit Report;
- Division of Responsibilities form completed;
- Full business case to be developed (by proposing College/School, with support from the College’s/School’s Finance Business Partner and APD);
- Academic Quality Services “New/Amending Programme Proposal” form be completed (by the College/School 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