Academic Partnerships project

Academic partnerships allow providers without their own awarding powers to offer degrees and other higher education qualifications to their students through validation or subcontractual arrangements.

These partnerships form a key component of the sector's quality assurance landscape but they are little understood, with a scarcity of guidance on good practice and information on current arrangements across the sector.

IHE is leading a project to address these issues, working with our partners Pinsent Masons and a steering group of key sector stakeholders. Our steering group includes representatives from the Association of Colleges, Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, Quality Assurance Agency, and an independent sector representative. Universities UK is also involved in the project in an advisory capacity.

The interim release from our project presents some early data from our recent surveys of teaching providers and awarding providers, and sets out definitions for a proposed typology of partnership arrangements for use by providers and policy makers.

The project will complete with a report outlining our conclusions and recommendations, to be published in the spring of 2024.

Academic partnerships – working paper on definitions and early data

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