Next Steps in becoming a partner


Please familiarise yourself with 'What types of partners are we looking for?' before following the below steps:

For Progression & Articulation partnerships

1. Email a short proposal (maximum of 500 words) to uodpartnerships@derby.ac.uk explaining how you feel your institution meets the criteria set out in 'What types of partners are we looking for?'

2. If the University wishes to proceed with your application, you will be sent our initial questionnaire to complete, which will provide us with a more detailed overview of your institution and proposal.
3.Dependent on outcome you will be sent a final questionnaire to complete, which will inform the University’s due diligence process. You will be directed to provide answers to the University’s core questions only, with many of the questions not requiring responses.
4. Dependent on outcome you will then be asked to provide copies of your Programme Specifications and Module Handbooks, along with a copy of your institutions Quality Handbook – this will enable the University College(s) to carry out the necessary academic mapping for approval.
5. If the University is satisfied with the outcomes of its due diligence checks and academic mapping, we will confirm whether we intend to proceed to a formal agreement.

It is anticipated that the above process will take between 4 - 6 months.

For Collaborative partnerships 

(Dual Awards, Off-campus, Franchise, Validation, Accreditation)

1. Email a short proposal (maximum of 500 words) to uodpartnerships@derby.ac.uk explaining how you feel your institution meets the criteria set out in What types of partners are we looking for?
2. If the University wishes to proceed with your application, you will be sent our initial questionnaire to complete, which will provide us with a more detailed overview of your institution and proposal.
3. Dependent on outcome you will be sent a final questionnaire to complete, which will inform the University’s due diligence process, this will include seeking references and undertaking legal and financial appraisals on your institution and proposal.
4. If the University is satisfied with the outcomes of its due diligence checks, we will confirm whether we intend to proceed in the form of a Business Proposal, which will include an overview of the University’s terms and conditions for partnership.
5. The University will carry out not less than two site visits, undertaken by our academic and senior management staff.
6. You will then work with the University to seek the necessary approvals for the proposed Partnership and any Collaborative arrangements. This will take the form of two separate approval events, which are either held at the proposed partner or locally at our main Campus in Derby.
7. If approved, the University will carry out any necessary staff development at your institution before operations commence.

It is anticipated that the above process will take between 12 - 18 months.