Due Diligence Report on Proposed New International Partners
(to be completed before CPPF)
This form is to provide an initial assessment of a new international partner where the intention is to
provide a programme of study leading to a Brookes award. Once a potential new partner has been
identified, this short report on the new partner/proposed partnership needs to be completed prior to
progressing to the Collaborative Partnership Proposal Form (CPPF). The report includes two
SECTION 1 – initial screening to assess proposed partner against strategic objectives and criteria.
This initial screening to designed to act as a filter with only those that satisfy the requirements of
Section 1 to progress to Section 2.
SECTION 2 – due diligence of partner to assess if the partnership is able to progress to the CPPF
Section 1 will be completed by Faculty Partnership lead and /or OBI, and sent to the Faculty Dean.
Section 2 (if the Dean approves Section 1) can then be completed and the whole form submitted
again to the Dean of Faculty for signature.
Summary of comments and recommendations (completed by OBI )
Name of potential partner :
Initial Assessment of Proposed Partner and Partnership
SECTION 1 INITIAL SCREENING (to be completed by Faculty lead and/ or OBI)
1. Details of proposed Partner
Name of partner
organisation (plus web
2. Rationale for partnership
a) Information on partner – background etc
b) Proposed programme (award and programme title)? Or proposal for partnership development?
c) How does the partnership fit with the faculty/university strategic objectives, including choice of
country? Is this a priority country (ies)
d) Does the partnership satisfy the agreed criteria for partnership development?
e) Is there any potential conflict of interest/competition between the proposal and existing provision
delivered through other partnerships or at Brookes?
f) Does the prospective partner have a current or previous partnership with another UK higher
education institution? Does the partner work with other universities outside the UK and if so, in
what context? Would this conflict with the proposed partnership proposal?
3. Is there a risk for Brookes to operate in this country?
SECTION 2 FURTHER SCREENING (to be completed by Faculty lead and/ or OBI once
approval has been given on Section 1)
4. Further information on the partner/partnership
a) Reputation of partner (league tables, senior management reputation, any relevant business
interests or associations, associations with other universities, political involvement/government
standing, membership of professional bodies or external accreditation etc
b) Nature of the proposed collaborative arrangement (eg franchise, validation, flying faculty, joint
programme leading to dual or joint award etc)
c) The default language of delivery is English unless there is a compelling reason to deliver in another
language. If the language of delivery is English please provide evidence that the partner has the
capacity to deliver in English. If not in English please provide rationale
d) Proposed partner’s experience of delivering higher education, training or employee development
programmes, and its reputation for academic quality. Please also include evidence of partner’s
experience/capacity of delivering programmes by overseas partners.
e) Any published reports of external quality assurance agencies (eg QAA, Ofsted, PSRBs) relating to
the work of the partner organisation?
f) Is there any professional accreditation proposed or sought?
5. Provide information on the economic, political and social context of the country /region, including
stability and potential risks for Brookes of establishing and maintaining a partnership in the
6. Background information on operating in the country/region
a) Is the University already operating in this country? Details provided if ‘YES’
b) What are the current legislative and cultural requirements of the country in which the programme
will be delivered? Does the delivery of a UK programme require the country’s Ministry of Education
approval? If the programme involves distance learning is this recognised in country? Is legislation
required for this mode of delivery?
c) Competitor analysis; other universities (UK, Australia and US) operating in the country/region
which could have an impact on the success of the proposed partnership
d) Any further relevant information about the country or region which is relevant for the success of
the partnership including tax (eg withholding tax on extra-country payments), likelihood of being
able to enforce payment of debts or protect intellectual property
7. Financial and legal status
a) What is the legal status of the partner eg public or private?
b) If private please provide details eg company registration or other incorporation information.
c) Does the institution have government funding? Does the institution need government approval to
enter into a partnership with an overseas institution.
d) If a company, please supply company group information so that the University can determine if a
parent company guarantee is appropriate.
e) How are payments to the University proposed eg % of fees, flat fee, flat fee plus % of income. If
the method of payment has not yet been confirmed, is there evidence that proposed tuition fees
will cover the cost of developing and delivering the proposed programme.
f) Payments are only acceptable in GBP £, € or USD $ . Please confirm that payments will be made
in one of these currencies.
g) Evidence of partner’s financial stability eg accounts for last three years, banker’s letter or other
8. Additional comments on partner or partnership
9. Faculty Dean decision to progress to CPPF stage
Approval /Non Approval
PVC/ Dean of Faculty :