Academic Quality Procedures Handbook

10. Collaborative Provision

10.1 Policy on Collaborative Provision

  1. Collaborative provision is defined as educational provision leading to a Loughborough University qualification, or to specific credit toward a qualification, that is delivered and/or supported and/or assessed through an arrangement with a partner organisation.
  2. Loughborough University currently engages in two types of collaborative agreement:
    • Validation, whereby provision is developed and delivered by the partner institution and leads to a Loughborough University qualification and/or Loughborough University credits.
    • Joint Delivery, whereby provision is developed and delivered jointly by Loughborough University and by the partner institution and leads to a Loughborough University qualification and/or Loughborough University credits.  Students may or may not be registered with, and/or receive a qualification from, the partner institution as well as from Loughborough University. This includes off-campus delivery, where teaching is provided entirely by Loughborough University staff, but delivery occurs away from the University's campus and the provision of facilities (e.g. teaching accommodation, library and IT resources, administrative support) is undertaken partly or wholly by the partner institution.  
  3. The University does not engage in franchise agreements, where an existing Loughborough University programme is delivered entirely by the partner institution, leading to a Loughborough University qualification.
  4. Collaborative provision will be considered only if it contributes to the achievement of the University's strategic objectives and can be achieved without detriment to the University's excellent reputation for learning and teaching.
  5. More specifically, proposals for collaborative programmes must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • The programme is intended to contribute to widening participation in UK higher education.
    • The programme contributes to the development of academic links with the partner organisation which will enhance the University's reputation for high quality teaching and research.
    • The programme strengthens an existing successful partnership.

It follows that our objective will be to concentrate on creating and nurturing a limited number of strong, rich institutional relationships.

  1. The University will normally consider collaborative programmes only in disciplines in which it has subject expertise and the active and willing engagement of a University School in a cognate subject area is a normal prerequisite.  However, in the case of programmes meeting criterion 5(c) above, provision in other disciplines may be considered as long as appropriate subject expertise can be built into the partnership arrangements.
  2. It is expected that staff in a partner institution teaching on a collaborative programme will be engaged in scholarship and up-to-date with developments in their subject.
  3. With the exception of Loughborough College, the University will not validate Foundation Degrees at Further Education Colleges.
  4. The University has no plans to deliver Foundation Degree programmes itself.
  5. In order to safeguard the interests of students, Loughborough University will undertake appropriate due diligence before proceeding in any substantive way with a collaborative partnership. Due diligence enquiries will be refreshed periodically and also where circumstances change (for example, if the activities are extended or if the ownership of a delivery organisation or support provider changes). The Teaching Partnerships Sub-Committee is responsible for determining what type of due diligence enquiries may be necessary, dependent on the nature of the arrangement and its risks and proportionate to the complexity and volume of the provision involved.