Introduction

The purpose of these guidelines on developing and supporting collaborative arrangements is as follows:

  • to support the Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC) in its oversight of the administration of collaborative programmes, exchange agreements, facilitation arrangements and any other formal academically related agreements and its advisory role for Senate on entering into or withdrawing from collaborative partnerships with other institutions or parties;
  • to support the role and raise the profile of the College representatives that are appointed as members of the Collaborative Provision Committee ;
  • to demonstrate that the University has engaged with the Quality Assurance Agency’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education[1] that replaces the previous set of national reference points known as the Academic Infrastructure.
[1] Further information about where components of the Academic Infrastructure can be found in the new Quality Code can be found at the following guide: Mapping the Academic Infrastructure to the UK Quality Code for Higher Education
 

UK Quality Code for Higher Education

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (referred to as the Quality Code) is a definitive reference point for anyone engaged in the delivery of higher education that leads to an award from or is validated by a UK higher education provider and sets out the expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. It gives higher education providers a shared starting point for setting, describing and assuring the academic standards of their higher education awards and programmes and the quality of the learning opportunities they provide.

The Quality Code has three parts with specific chapters in each part:

                           Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold standards;

                           Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality

                           Part C: Providing information about higher education

For the full list of Parts of the Code and the chapters within each Part of the Quality Code, please refer to the QAA website via this link:

Quality Code - A brief guide

or refer to the following web link:

Assuring Standards and Quality

The Quality Code

The Quality Code identifies and clarifies the expectations of all parties involved in the collaboration. Within Chapter B10: Managing higher education with others, the specific expectation is

  • Degree-awarding bodies take ultimate responsibility for academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities, irrespective of where these are delivered or who provides them.  Arrangements for delivering learning opportunities with organisations other than the degree-awarding body are implemented securely and managed effectively.

In order to provide the evidence that the relevant expectations have been met, each chapter of the Quality Code is based upon a series of indicators which higher education providers have agreed reflect sound practice;

  • there are 19 indicators that the University has to implement and achieve in order to demonstrate that it has effective processes for the management of its collaborative provision activities.

For the full list of indicators within Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with others, please refer to the following web link:

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/quality-code-B10.aspx

Definitions

The nature of collaborative provision has changed rapidly within the higher education sector and now involves a much wider range of collaborative partners and arrangements. Swansea University currently has a small but diverse portfolio of collaborative provision that includes prestigious Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes, an extensive number of Erasmus+ exchange programmes, exchange programmes outside Europe, collaborative research degrees with higher education institutions in Europe and the USA, Foundation Degrees delivered in partnership with local further education colleges, collaboration with non-academic providers, post-qualification training and continuing professional development programmes, etc. 

Click here for a list of definitions.

Swansea University has recently engaged in an expansive and pro-active programme to enhance the student experience, student mobility and support the skills and employability agenda at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level. For information on the different categories of collaborative activities at Swansea University see Types of Collaborative Partnerships page.