Forms and Guidance

Developing a New Arrangement

Completion of an Approval in Principle (AiP) form is required when developing a new collaboration.  Checks are required to ensure a prospective partner is compatible with the University’s educational objectives.  These checks include an overview of the strategic aims of the project, due diligence of the prospective collaborating institution/organisation, the financial viability and the impact on University resources.  The evaluation and monitoring of academic standards and quality assurance procedures of the prospective collaborating institution/organisation is also an important element of the approval process.

When developing a new collaboration it is strongly advised to liaise with our Team as early as possible so that advice can be provided on the correct procedure to follow.  

In most cases an AiP form will need to be completed.  Discussions with other offices with supporting evidence (if required) will also be sought.  For example, College Planning Partner and College Business Partner.  All comments required on the forms must be completed before the Head of School and College Board approval can be sought. 

Please note that all AiP requests need to be approved by the University of Birmingham's Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC).

A Word copy of these forms can be obtained from Collaborative Provision.

For international collaborations such as Articulation and Entry Agreements further information can be found via the International Partnership website.

A flowchart outlining the development and approval process can be found below:

Approval and Development Process flowchart (PDF - 77KB)

Recognised Titles

Some collaborative arrangements require Recognised Lecturers, Recognised Supervisors and/or a Collaborative Programme Officer (CPO) to be appointed.  Information on these roles and the relevant nomination forms are available below:

Recognised Lecturers and Recognised Supervisors are entitled to use certain University services and facilities.  For further details please contact Nikki Baker

Collaborative Provision Review (Periodic Review)

Annual Review

Further information regarding annual reviews can be found at the Collaborative Provision Annual Review webpage.

Changes to Collaborative Provision Arrangements

Any changes to a collaborative arrangement, e.g., withdrawal, will require the approval of the Collaborative Provision Committee.  Information regarding making changes is available on request from Collaborative Provision.

Handbook and Published Information

Periodically we request copies of the collaborative organisation's student handbooks for our validated programmes to check the content concerning information about the University of Birmingham.  In accordance with CMA guidelines, student handbooks should provide information that is clear, timely, accurate and comprehensive.  The School can provide student handbook templates and guidance.  We also check the published information provided by the collaborative organisations regarding any information about a collaborative arrangement with us.


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