The Strategic Policy
Swansea University’s Strategic Plan 2012-2017 states that by 2017 Swansea University will have:
- Fully exploited the opportunities presented by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Strategy (RE8);
- Further developed Knowledge Economy clusters with global outlook and reach (IE1);
- Worked collaboratively to improve living standards and health, educational and sporting facilities and the region’s internationally significant culture and heritage (IE6);
- Grown and maintained strategic international partnerships with international educational establishments that will enhance and support our research, teaching and student recruitment ambitions (I1)
- Provided more international opportunities for our student body to improve their University experience and employability (I2);
- Attracted more overseas students to Swansea from more countries (I3);
- Grown the quantity, quality and scale of our partnerships with multi-national companies (I4);
- Built and maintained key strategic alliances with industry, government and other universities at home and abroad (WO2);
Underpinning this Strategic Plan are three key strategies, namely
- the Swansea Internationalisation Strategy 2012-2017,
- the Swansea Employability Academy Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and
- the Regional HE/ FE Strategy October 2011.
In recognition of the potential risks to reputation and academic standards that unrestricted engagement in delivering learning opportunities with others (also referred to as collaborative provision) could pose, the University’s policy is only to engage in collaborative activity when:
- Developments can be shown to be leading towards the strategic goals of the University;
- It is in the interest of academic advancement for staff and students; and
- There is a sound business case (both in terms of educational and financial viability) linked to the University/College’s strategy for developing the collaborative activity.
The University’s expectation is that all provision offered in collaboration with a partner organisation is subject to the appropriate quality assurance procedures, and meets the relevant indicators of the QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education (Chapter B10: Managing higher education provision with others, revised December 2012). The academic standards and student experience of all awards delivered, assessed or supported through an arrangement with one or more organisations other than Swansea University should be comparable to those of awards for programmes delivered solely by the University. They should also be compatible with any relevant UK benchmarking information at undergraduate, taught postgraduate or research level.
The University also expects that all provision offered in collaboration with a partner organisation takes due regard of the University’s policy documents relating to Learning and Teaching and Assessment and any other relevant policies, strategies or Codes of Practice including guidance on managing collaborative provision.