Section 8 - Risk Assessment and Due Diligence

The timescale involved in the development of a collaboration will vary according to the scale, complexity and risk of the project. A project may take substantial time to progress through the development stage, especially where the proposed programmes are new programmes, or where the approval of an external, professional or governmental body is required. The following timelines and preferred deadlines are indicative of the minimum length of time a programme may take to be developed and should be seen as a guide for departments intending to submit proposals. Proposals may be submitted at later CPB meetings but proposers should be mindful that recruitment to programmes are likely to be delayed as a consequence.


Exchange, Credit-bearing Work Based Learning

Articulation, Progression, Research Collaboration, Credit-bearing CPD

Collaborative Distance Learning, Collaborative Degree (Existing)

Franchise, Validation, Collaborative Degree (New), Branch Campus

Indicative Risk



High / Very High

High/Very High

Minimum Timescale

3 - 4 Months

4 - 6 Months

9 - 12 Months Approval

(+ up to 12 months recruitment)

12 Months Approval

(+ up to 12 months recruitment)

Stage 1

Proposal Preparation

1 Month

1 - 2 Months

Autumn/Spring Term

Autumn Term

Proposal to CPB (for MOU approval)

First Available Committee

First Available Committee



Stage 2

Development Stage

One Term

One Term

Spring/Summer Term

Spring Term

Update and Review to CPB



Summer CPB

Summer CPB

Preparation for Recruitment





Final Approval (MOA signed)

Next available Committee

Next available Committee

May/September Committee

September Committee

Stage 3

Open for Recruitment

Can recruit and enrol following final approval

As appropriate for Next Academic Year

October (onwards)

Operational Development

Up to full Academic Year

Course Starts

Following Academic Year

Timescales Chart