Quality management

Collaborative provision

We have arrangements with a number of institutions both in the UK and overseas to deliver our programmes, details of which are recorded in the register of collaborative provision.

QA20 sets out different types of collaborative provision and the mechanisms for establishing and monitoring these arrangements.  If you are considering establishing a partnership with another institution you should contact your Faculty Assistant Registrar early in your negotiations.

There are two stages for approving new collaborative partnerships:

  1. the University gives strategic approval to the partner (usually through Academic Programmes Committee);
  2. Programmes and Partnerships Approval Committee considers the detailed arrangements for delivery of a programme.  

If you are developing a new programme for delivery by a partner, you should follow the process for programme approval set out in QA3 alongside the process in QA20.

QA20 (Annex I) also covers the process for the approval of articulation arrangements. An articulation arrangement is defined by the Quality Assurance Agency as "a process whereby all students who satisfy academic criteria on one programme are automatically entitled (on academic grounds) to be admitted with advanced standing to a subsequent part or year of a programme of a degree awarding body. Arrangements, which are subject to formal agreements between the parties, normally involve credit accumulation and transfer schemes."

QA20 (Annex K) also covers the process for approving University of Bath Preferred Partners. These partners are of significant strategic importance to the University.