DUE DILIGENCE CHECKLIST DUE DILIGENCE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR [PROPOSED PARTNER] Please supply the following information in respect of (proposed partner) (“the Organisation). Due Diligence Checklist Received Source (hardcopy; web by Kent pages; CD etc – if web pages (/ x ) please also insert link) and comments 1. Mission statement (or equivalent) 2. Strategic plan (or equivalent) 3. Prospectus (or equivalent) 4. Copy of potential collaborative Organisation institutional regulations relevant to the nature of the collaboration1 5. Confirmation that the organisation is solvent following examination of the Annual Accounts. Details of financing arrangements at the potential partner organisation eg funding of students and any state or public sector funding applicable. 6. Written statement covering the legal status of the Organisation 7. Confirmation that the Organisation has the authority/legal right to enter into collaborative partnerships 8. Details of the internal structure of the potential collaborative partner including the membership and terms of reference of its governing body and most important internal committees 9. Information regarding administration and management procedures covering the nature of the collaboration at institutional and programme level including the details of those Schools and/ or 1 The OQA&V can advise on the regulations which are required, for instance in the case of jointly supervised PhDs research regulations will be relevant; for a taught masters programme leading to a dual award Kent will require the institutions regulations for taught studies as well as other general student regulations. Regulations of private sector organisation will be governing regulations outside of the HEI framework, Such regulations should not conflict with Kent’s current strategic plan. individuals responsible for arrangements 10. Quality assurance arrangements currently in place for collaborative provision. Relevant information will include: curriculum development; collection and evaluation of student feedback; management and administration of assessment processes; teaching and learning methods; feedback to students on assessed work; tracking student progression achievement; recruitment of students; student academic support and guidance and student pastoral support, etc 11. Confirmation of adequate physical, learning and human resources2 relevant to the programme(s) of study 12. Details of any reports from funding or external quality assurance/professional bodies regarding the Organisation. For overseas organisations (both EU and non-EU countries), evidence of the standing based on advice from organisations such as the British Council, NARIC, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office etc. 13. Confirmation that the partner institution has the appropriate staffing cohort in place to deliver the collaborative programme (evidence may include staff CVs where appropriate) 14. Confirmation that the Organisation has mechanisms in place for publicising students’ rights and responsibilities and providing feedback channels 15. Confirmation that the Organisation has appropriate insurance arrangements in respect of its responsibilities and liabilities towards students, and the University of Kent; 16. Details of any past or current collaborations, licenses, approvals, third party rights and consents recognised by other organisations (whether granted by public or private authorities or otherwise); the ability of the prospective partner organisation to provide a safe working environment for 17. students and staff who will be studying/ teaching at the organisation Confirmation (in the case of student exchanges) that a site visit has been carried out to the 18. Organisation and that there are appropriate facilities in place for our outgoing students Confirmation (in the case of overseas organisations) that the partner organisation can operate 19. within the legislative and cultural requirements of that country, and, at the same time, address the points of reference offered by the UK’s Academic Infrastructure. Completed by: Date Amended by: Date Comments provided by the OQA&V3: Date Approved on behalf of EG by: Date 3 The completed due diligence checklist should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for comment prior to approval. If the partnership constitutes part of a mainstream University programme delivered on-campus or make no contribution to the award of credit or the achievement of an academic award (ie not collaborative) the EO/IO may wish to provide commentary but there is no formal requirement to seek commentary from the OQA&V.
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