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ACADEMIC COLLABORATION PROPOSAL PROFORMA



This proforma should be used when active consideration is being given to collaborate. The completed
proforma should be submitted to the Academic Development Committee (ADC) Further work on the
proposal to collaborate should only occur once approval to collaborate has been obtained from ADC.

1          GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1        Nature of academic collaboration (tick as appropriate)
           Validated course                                           Award of credit for external provision

           Joint award                                                Student exchange study period

           Other

1.2        Name of proposed partner institution/educational provider




1.3        Sector (i.e. public/private)



1.4        Location



1.5        Description of collaboration




1.6        Rationale for Collaboration (including appropriateness to Mission/Strategic Plan and benefits to
           each party, i.e. School, University and Collaborative Partner)




1.7        Brief history of contact with partner




2          COURSE DETAILS
2.1        Course title



2.2        Course type (tick as appropriate)
           Undergraduate                                              Postgraduate




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2.3        Mode of delivery



2.4        Location of delivery



2.5        Host School/Department/Faculties



2.6        Proposed Moderator
2.7        Proposed number of students in first cohort
2.8        Anticipated number of students on subsequent cohorts
2.8        Projected date of first intake
           Has the School contacted any relevant professional, statutory
2.9        and/or regulatory bodies to inform them of the proposed                Yes     N/A
           collaborative venture?
2.10       Potential conflict with current University provision                   Yes     N/A

           If yes ticked, please provide details:




           Does the institution/provider have the relevant academic
2.11                                                                              Yes     N/A
           expertise?
           If no ticked, please provide details of how this will be provided:




2.12       Assessment arrangements
           Please provide details of proposed assessment arrangements




2.13       External Examiners
           Please provide details of proposed External Examiner arrangements




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2.14       Course Duration, Credit Accumulation and Exit Awards
                               Duration
           Stage                              SCQF Credits         SCQF Level     Exit Award
                               (weeks)




3          INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
           It is recommended the assistance of the International Office is sought when completing this
           section
           Is government or education department authority approval
3.1                                                                               Yes            N/A
           required for collaboration?
           Is the proposed partner legally allowed to deliver higher
3.2                                                                               Yes            N/A
           education within the country concerned?
           Is the proposed partner legally allowed to collaborate on the
3.3                                                                               Yes            N/A
           delivery of higher education?

(Documentary evidence in relation to all of the above, where appropriate, should be obtained and
provided by the School proposing the academic collaboration; for example, information can be sought on
proposed partners from the British Council and/or prospective Partner Institution, or from the National
Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK - NARIC).

3.4        Background Details on the proposed partner
           Include size of institution (students/staff); nature of business; an appraisal of its financial
           strength and viability; the local educational context, operating environment. Details of any
           current/previous collaborative relationships (and any which have failed). Enquiries must be
           made of any awarding institution known to have a current or previous relationship with the
           prospective partner institution




4          FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
           All course/programme proposals must be tested through the Financial Services’ Collaborative
           Course Costing Model, and must be attached as an appendix to this proforma.
           Papers requiring Financial Services’ sign-off must be submitted to that Department at least
           four weeks before the Academic Development Committee meeting, otherwise there is no
           guarantee that papers can be processed in sufficient time for submission to that ADC meeting.
4.1        Proposed Financial Arrangements for Approval
           To include the charge to be made to the partner for conducting the
           Approval/Validation/Association event. Financial Services must be consulted when completing
           this section




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4.2        Fee Structure and Costing
           Based on projected student numbers per annum [or per intake to the agreement], the fee
           structure and likely income, staff time etc. Financial Services should be consulted when
           completing this section. The Financial Annex to the Contract of Collaboration will be based on the
           arrangements approved by the ADC




5          SIGNATURES
           Each proposal requires the following signatures, in sequence, before submission to the Academic
           Development Committee.
           Where a proposal is being developed between two or more Schools or Faculties, the proposal
           requires the signature of each Head of School/Associate Dean and Dean of Faculty involved.
5.1        Head(s) of School/Associate Dean(s)
           Signature by the Head of School/Associate Dean(s) confirms:
           (i)   their endorsement of this proposal
           (ii)  their support for the collaboration by the University subject to normal approval/validation
                 requirements
           (iii) that all relevant documentation has been included, e.g. Financial Annex and Risk
                 Assessment Tool.
           Signed                                                                  Date



5.2        Dean(s) of Faculty
           Signature by the Dean(s) of Faculty confirms
           (i)   their endorsement of this proposal
           (ii)  their support for the collaboration by the University subject to normal approval/validation
                 requirements
           Signed                                                                  Date



5.3        Director of Finance (or nominee)
           Signature by the Head of Finance (or nominee) confirms that, on the basis of the information
           supplied, the Collaborative Course Costing Model has been appropriately applied to this
           proposal, and that the viability of the Partner Institution has been investigated

           Signed                                                                  Date




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                                         ACADEMIC COLLABORATION

                                            RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL


Please complete by circling the relevant number.

1 = Low Risk, 2= Medium Risk, 3 = High Risk

Risk                                                                                                          Level
Student Language
UK or overseas - English first language                                                                          1
UK based - English second language                                                                               2
Overseas - English second language                                                                               3
Location of Partner Institution
UK                                                                                                               1
European                                                                                                         2
Other                                                                                                            3
Status of Partner Institution
University                                                                                                       1
FE College                                                                                                       2
Private College/Organisation                                                                                     3
Resource Status of Partner Institution
Large, Well resourced                                                                                            1
Small, Well resourced                                                                                            2
Any size, but limited/poorly resourced                                                                           3
Partner’s Expertise within the Subject Area
Extensive                                                                                                        1
Moderate                                                                                                         2
Minimal                                                                                                          3
Partner’s Previous Experience of Collaboration
At this level                                                                                                    1
At lower level                                                                                                   2
None                                                                                                             3
Host School’s Experience of Collaboration
Overseas                                                                                                         1
UK                                                                                                               2
None                                                                                                             3
Course
Established Collaborative Course                                                                                 1
Existing Course                                                                                                  2
New Course                                                                                                       3
Credit Level
N/A                                                                                                              1
Undergraduate, i.e. SCQF7, 8, 9 10                                                                               2
Postgraduate, i.e. SCQF11                                                                                        3

Total Score


Scores 9-14 Low Risk, 15-21 Medium Risk, 22-27 High Risk

The completed Risk Assessment Tool should accompany the completed Academic Collaborative
Proposal Proforma for submission to the Academic Development Committee.

Acknowledgement: This document had been modelled on the Risk Assessment Tool developed by the University of Greenwich.




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