What types of Partnerships are available?

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The University approves and operates a number of Partnership Types in line with the definitions and regulations of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) including:

1. Franchise

The University approves a Partner Institution to deliver part or all of one (or more) of its own approved programme(s)

2. Off Campus Delivery

The University retains full responsibility for a programme(s) delivered in a remote location by its own staff. The responsibilities of the Partner Institution are limited to the provision of accommodation and, possibly, some learning resources

3. Validation

The University approves a programme(s) designed and delivered by a (academic) Partner Institution of being an appropriate standard and quality to contribute, or lead, to one of its awards

4. Accreditation

The University recognises a programme(s) designed and delivered by a (employer) Partner Organisation of being an appropriate standard and quality to contribute, or lead, to one of its awards (This term is also used when the University assigns credit to modules offered by a Partner Organisation which do not lead to one of its awards)

5. Dual Awards

The granting of separate awards (and certificates) for the same programme by two degree-awarding bodies (ie the University and a Partner Institution) who have jointly delivered the programme leading to them

6. Articulation Agreement

The University grants automatic entry with advanced standing to a named University of Derby programme(s) to students who have satisfied the academic criteria for a named programme(s) undertaken at a Partner Institution. Applications are usually received/considered on a group/cohort basis

7. Progression Agreement 

The University recognises progression from a programme(s) a student has completed at a Partner Institution, either to the beginning, or to a more advanced stage of a named University of Derby programme(s). Applications are usually received/considered on an individual basis

8. Staff / Student Exchange

A partnership arrangement developed between the University and a Partner Institution to provide study/work abroad opportunities for their students/staff

9. Agent Agreement

The University appoints representatives in many countries throughout the world to act as non-exclusive agents, referring students to the University from specified geographical areas, subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement

10. Research

The University is passionate about research and has helped to improve the lives of people locally, nationally and internationally

11. Online Distance Learning

The University of Derby Online (UDOL) is the University’s thriving distance learning division and since September 2001 has offered online distance learning to students who require more flexible study options