7.2 Collaborative Activity Typology

7.2.1 The typology below gives brief definitions of the types of collaborative arrangement that the University currently actively seeks to develop and/or is already engaged in and how they fit within each category. This is not a definitive list and the University may agree to initiate other forms of collaborative agreement, and/or to vary the nature of the arrangements to account for specific circumstances or needs. Such variations will always be considered through the relevant approval processes. Staff are reminded that in most cases, ICPC prefers prior successful relationship to exist with an institution before the relationship can progress to the development of high risk collaborative provision.

Exchange Agreements, Placements and CPD Non-credit bearing work-based placements and continuing professional development (CPD) Placement in employment or the provision of learning opportunities for individuals already engaged in the labour market (whether or not they are currently employed) whereby participation does not earn credits towards any qualification.
  Credit bearing work-based learning Placement in employment in which the student can gain credits towards their qualification
  International Exchange, Study Abroad and Erasmus programmes for staff and students These programmes allow individual students to study at a partner institution (typically abroad) for an agreed period of time and may lead to credit towards their qualification.
  Credit bearing CPD Provision of learning opportunities for individuals already engaged in the labour market (whether or not they are currently employed) where credit towards a qualification can be gained.
Research Collaboration Joint PhD Supervision/ Co-tutelle The joint supervision of a doctoral candidate between two universities. This is a personalised convention between a primary university and a partner university (the primary university being the institution where the doctoral candidate will defend his/her dissertation).
  Collaborative Research Degree Programme Full and part time students may spend part of or all of their registration period undertaking study in a partner organisation. This may be an academic organisation, a research centre or other workplace appropriate for the study.
  Research only Collaboration Research only collaborations are approved and managed via the Research, Business and Innovation Office. Contact drbi@aber.ac.uk for further information.
Progression and Articulation Progression Arrangements Students who have successfully completed a programme at one organisation may be considered for entry (on an individual basis) to the beginning of a programme at Aberystwyth. Progression agreements are approved outside of ICPC and managed by departments as they do not involve the award of credit by the University.
  Articulation Agreements An arrangement whereby students successfully completing an approved programme of study in a partner institution are guaranteed entry onto one of the University’s undergraduate programmes with advanced standing. Students will typically complete two or more years of study at a partner institution and then transfer to Aberystwyth to complete the final two years of a degree. Exceptionally, students may be allowed directly into the final year of the University degree. All entrants would also have to satisfy any other entry conditions set by the University.
Strategic Partners Branch Campus A campus of the university that is located separately from the main or ‘home’ campus of the university and is often smaller than the main campus.
  Joint Awards An arrangement under which two or more awarding bodies together provide a programme leading to a single award made jointly by both, or all, participants. A single certificate or document (signed by the competent authorities) attests to the successful completion of this jointly delivered programme, replacing the separate institutional or national qualifications.
  Dual Awards Arrangements where two or more awarding bodies together provide a single jointly delivered programme (or programmes) leading to separate awards (and separate certification) being granted by both, or all, of them.
  Franchise A process by which Aberystwyth agrees to authorise a delivery organisation to deliver (and sometimes assess) part or all of one (or more) of its own approved programmes. Often, the degree-awarding body retains direct responsibility for the programme content, the teaching and assessment strategy, the assessment regime and the quality assurance. Students normally have a direct contractual relationship with the degree-awarding body.
  Validation An arrangement whereby Aberystwyth judges a module or programme developed and delivered by another organisation as being of an appropriate standard and quality to contribute, or lead to, one of its own awards. Students normally have a direct contractual obligation with the delivery organisation.

Specific templates and guidance are available for different types of collaboration.  Please contact the Collaboration Office via collaboration@aber.ac.uk for copies.