Our partners

The University’s quality assurance body inspects each potential partner.  We only enter into formal agreements with those that are approved and put our learners at the heart of every partnership.

Our growing network of partners are experts in their field and have a comprehensive knowledge of their local market. Many also have strong relationships with local employers and can offer post degree careers advice.  Find out more about our partnership options.

Partnership options

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.

Our Articulation partners:

UK’s leading awarding body offering qualifications in hospitality and tourism sector.

Professional body recognition

At the University of Derby Online Learning we recognise previous qualifications and qualifications achieved via professional bodies and there we conducted internal mapping against qualifications from the following education providers:

ATHE is a global awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and other UK and international regulators working with 200 recognised centres in over 35 countries. ATHE offers a wide portfolio of vocationally orientated and internationally recognised qualifications – such as business and management, law, computing and healthcare, with many eligible for UK funding.

Qualifi is a leading 21st century Awarding Organisation founded to meet the developing education and training needs of learners and employers from the UK and around the globe serving the needs of learners and employers in the UK and worldwide every year.

Is a not-for-profit skills development specialist and awarding organisation providing internationally recognised learning, credentials and quality assurance in the fields of business, entrepreneurship and employability.  

Abe is a strategic partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council and a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies.


These University-appointed representatives act as non-exclusive agents, to promote the University of Derby Online Learning and recruit students from specified geographical areas.

Our agent partners:

Domain Group  

Luxury Hotel School Paris

Success Institute of Higher Education and Professional Training - China, Hong Kong, China, Macau 

Michael Education

JNS Education  


College of Tourism and Hospitality (COTHM)

Hoon and Co limited 

UK Versity  

Chestnut Education Group

Online Franchise

A collaboration where a partner is authorised to provide online delivery of a programme designed by the University.

Become a partner

If you interested in finding out more about becoming a partner, please contact UDOLcommercial@derby.ac.uk