Collaborative programme approval

Collaborative programmes have extra approval and review requirements, which will depend on the type of arrangement and whether they are taught or research.

Collaborative provision involves the University and an external partner. Their more complex arrangements mean they have additional approval and review requirements. To gain approval, a collaborative programme must align with the University’s strategic aims.

The University's International team develops and fosters international collaboration.

Taught programmes

For taught programmes, collaborative provision is a systematic collaborative arrangement for course provision with an external partner under which a student can gain:

  • entry to
  • advanced standing on, or
  • credit for

a taught programme or award of the University of Leeds.

Before starting to fill in approval forms, contact the Quality Assurance team. They will be able to help and guide you through the approval process.

Joint award PhD programmes

Under joint award PhD programmes, the University collaborates with another degree-awarding institution and students receive a single qualification, jointly awarded by both institutions.

A joint award PhD should provide an opportunity to:

  • develop international links
  • access to world class resources and research expertise
  • develop long-term research collaborations.

Read Developing a joint PhD guidance

Before starting to fill in approval forms, contact the Postgraduate Research and Operations team. They will be able to help and guide you through the approval process.

Guidance

Read full details of the planning, development and approval of new collaborative arrangements in:

Approval forms

The sections of the approval process that apply, and the approval forms, differ according to the type of arrangement and whether the programme is taught:

Part 1 forms the first step in any new proposal for a new collaborative arrangement. Part 1 allows the school, the faculty, and a senior officer of the University to authorise the proposal as being within the University’s strategic interests. The endorsements for taught and research programmes vary:

  • Any taught programme proposal requires endorsement from the relevant school and faculty Taught Student Education Committee(s).
  • A new research award collaboration must be endorsed by the **Graduate Board via the relevant Faculty Graduate School Committee.

Part 2 is a light-touch approval, for use only with articulation arrangements (formal agreements where advanced standing is granted to applicants who have successfully completed a specific part or whole of a named course or programme of study at a partner institution). This is used instead of part 3 and part 4.

Part 3 comprises three elements that prepare the legal and financial framework for a collaboration.

Part 4 is for taught awards and covers the arrangements through which the proposed collaboration will be managed, including quality assurance arrangements.

Part 5 is for a new research degree joint award and covers arrangements for managing the proposed collaboration.

Part 6 is an independent site visit. This is undertaken by a suitably qualified member of University staff with a degree of independence from the proposal. A site visitor will be appointed by the Collaborations and Partnerships Committee.

Approval forms for different types of arrangement
Proposal category (see the typology in the guidance)  Group A
 Group B
 Groups C and D
 Group E
   Forms Outline planning approval
Outline planning approval Part 1

 Yes  Yes  Yes
 
Full approval
School/faculty endorsement

 Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Articulation approval
Part 2

 Yes

Legal and financial
Part 3


 Yes Yes
Academic management for taught awards
Part 4


 Yes
Academic management for research awards
Part 5



 Yes
Independent site visit
Part 6

 Yes  Yes  Yes

University Register of Collaborative Provision

See the University Register of approved Collaborative Provision.