Academic Partnerships

Become a partner organisation

Why develop academic partnerships?

  • They contribute to widening participation by delivering aspiration-raising activities with local and regional partners, including the promotion and provision of clear and flexible progression routes into the University.
  • Reputational benefits through association with a range of partner organisations offering high-quality provision, both in the UK and overseas.
  • Contributes to the internationalisation of the curriculum for students.
  • Broadens experience, providing enhanced learning and teaching opportunities for staff and students within our university and partner organisations.

What We Do

Strategic Objectives

  • Support and advise the University on national and international developments in relation to Academic Partnerships.
  • Report to central University Committees on our academic partnership portfolio.
  • Respond to local and/or national employer and workforce needs through flexible and innovative off-site and work-based provision.
  • Enhance the University’s reputation at an International level through the development of staff and student exchanges.
  • Provide a central point of reference for the University with regard to Academic Partnerships.

Operational Objectives

  • Act as a central coordinating body for partnership activities and provide a focal point for related internal/external enquiries.
  • Guide and support academic staff in the operational management and quality assurance of Academic Partnerships.
  • Ensure the students and staff on Academic Partnerships have a comparable experience to students and staff on main site provision.
  • Facilitate effective operational links between partner organisations and the University’s core administrative systems, including admissions, registration, marketing, finance and contracts.
  • Provide an effective interface between existing/potential partners and the University, offering a range of advice and guidance.

What We Provide

We understand the importance to our academic partners of having in place an efficient and effective operational management interface as well as offering a high-quality service for students.

Features of our academic partner provision include :

A named contact within our Admissions Team to support you with timely and efficient processing of your students’ applications.

Library Resources
Electronic library resources for your students and staff accessed direct through our ‘Partner Portal’.

Our online portal that links our student record management system and enables students to access their grades or amend aspects of their personal records.

FastPass/Self-Service Portal
A facility that enables students to log requests for password changes and problems with their account at any time, and to monitor the progress of their request.

Registry Support
A comprehensive range of support that enables efficient registration of students, facilities to enable direct tutor feedback to students and the provision of student grades,.

Link Tutor
Each partner has a nominated link tutor.  This is a key role in maintaining a supportive partnership as well as helping to ensure that the University is able to maintain oversight of academic standards .

External Examining
Appointment of an external examiner to review student work. As a part of their role, external examiners will normally have the opportunity to visit the partner and meet their students at least once during their tenure.  This is part of the process whereby the University seeks to encourage a close, mutually valuable, working relationship between academic partners and external examiners.

Staff Development
Partner staff teaching on our programmes have access to our professional development programme free of charge.  Where a partner has an interest in doing so, we also seek to enable opportunities for partner staff to engage in our AdvanceHE accredited PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, conferring FHEA.

Straightforward Pricing
The payment structure for Academic Partnerships is straightforward and transparent. We will make clear the costings to you from the outset.

Contact Us

For new Academic Partnerships, please contact:

Chris Dancer
Head of Academic Partnerships

For existing Academic Partners, please contact either your Link Tutor or a member of AQSS at

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