Partnership activity represents an important aspect of the implementation of the University of Suffolk’s strategic plan, providing opportunities to widen participation in higher education, extend the academic portfolio and develop links with compatible institutions in regional, national and international arenas.
The University recognises its responsibility for the quality and academic standards of all arrangements delivered in partnership with others, in accordance with the expectations, practices, advance and guidance contained within the UK Quality Code.
One of the key objectives of the University of Suffolk is to raise aspirations and achievement in Suffolk and the surrounding region through the advancement of education, learning and research. To support this objective, the University works in close partnership with three local colleges - East Coast College, Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College - to facilitate local delivery of higher education programmes validated by, and leading to awards of, the University of Suffolk. As founding partners, the Colleges have a unique status within the University of Suffolk and are represented on key academic committees. Higher education provision within Partner Colleges is subject to the same regulations, policies and procedures that govern higher education provision within the University of Suffolk. This includes procedures for course approval, modification and review and risk-based monitoring and enhancement (RiME).
In addition, the Colleges are subject to review at institutional level on a maximum of a five year cycle, in accordance with the procedure for the institutional review of University of Suffolk Partner Colleges. The review process serves to ensure that the Colleges remain suitable for the conduct of higher education programmes leading to University of Suffolk awards. It also provides an opportunity for both the University and the relevant College to reflect on whether the partnership continues to operate effectively and whether there is scope for future enhancement of collaborative working.
Find out more about institutional review:
- College self-evaluation document (SED) template
- Sample institutional review event agenda
- Guidance notes for institutional review panel members
- Guidance notes for student representatives on institutional review panels
- Guidance notes for students involved in the student meeting at an institutional review event
The University’s procedures for the approval, monitoring and review of partnership activity provide a risk-based framework for engagement in partnership activity, both within the UK and internationally.
Partnership proposal form templates:
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
- Progression or articulation agreement
- Delivery of a University of Suffolk module at a partner institution
- Flying faculty partnership arrangement
- Co-delivery of a course in partnership with a professional organisation
- Validation arrangement
- Franchise arrangement
- Dual, multiple or joint award
- Exchange agreement (including Erasmus)
The University's procedure for the validation of new courses at partner institutions outlines our approach to course level validation.
Partner institutions are required to complete an annual monitoring report (AMR) for each course or groups of cognate courses delivered in partnership with the University of Suffolk (see AMR template), and are also subject to institutional review on a maximum of a five year cycle.
Information on existing partnerships can be found on our partnerships page.