7.3 Key Principles

7. 3.1  The University has several key principles that underpin the policy for developing collaborative arrangements:

  • All collaborative activity must be consistent with the overarching strategic aims of the University, including the International Strategy;
  • The awarding institution (typically Aberystwyth) takes ultimate responsibility for the academic standards and quality of learning delivered on its behalf wherever this takes place and by whomever this is undertaken;
  • Collaborative provision must be financially sustainable and subject to a legally binding agreement setting out the terms of the arrangements;
  • Collaborative activities are subject to the development, approval and review processes outlined in the Quality Handbook, including annual monitoring, periodic review and renewal/termination procedures as appropriate;
  • Partner institutions must have robust governance procedures in place in order to follow necessary quality assurance processes;
  • Ensure that all elements of a collaborative programme are delivered and assessed in English or Welsh unless that element is a non-English/Welsh course.

7.3.2  The University does not engage in serial arrangements for the delivery of collaborative provision. Any proposals for arrangements of this type will not be approved. A serial arrangement occurs when the delivery organisation (through an arrangement of its own) offers whole programmes (franchised to it or validated by Aberystwyth as the degree-awarding body) elsewhere or assigns to another party powers delegated to it by the degree-awarding body.