Guidance on completing the form
This form should be used for all types of collaborative activities:
- Co-operation agreements (MOU);
- Articulation agreements;
- Progression agreements;
- Study Abroad and Exchange Agreements;
- Erasmus+ Agreements;
- Research degree collaborations: joint/double PhDs or co-tutelles
- Collaborative taught programmes: Single, Joint and Double awards.
The form requires schools/institutes to provide details of their proposed partner(s) and the programme(s) that they wish to develop. It should be completed by the school/institute that owns the proposal following discussion with ARCS in all cases and the International Office also for overseas proposals.
Proposers should take account of International Office Marketing and Country Plans before embarking on any new partnership. Schools/institute should talk to appropriate staff in the Faculty and professional service departments, and should take into account the Queen Mary Academic Credit Framework policy and also the Academic Regulations and any relevant sections of the Quality Assurance Handbook. All new partnership proposals need to be signed off by the Head of School/Institue and endorsed by Faculty Executive prior to submission to PB.
The information requested on the form is essential to enable PB to determine whether the proposed partnership opportunity has sufficient merit and is in line with relevant QMUL strategies and policies, in particular the QMUL International Strategy and the Student Experience, Teaching, Learning and Assessment (SETLA) Strategy.
Particular issues for proposers to take into account when completing the form:
- Associated deadlines: information on any important timescales associated with the development of the activity, for example, committee dates set by the partner institution to approve the collaboration, or timescales for marketing the partnership activity.
- Summary of the Proposed Collaboration: information about the nature of the collaborative activity and, where known, the role and contribution of the partner. Partnership rationale: an explanation of the relevance of the proposal to the school/institute and the wider QMUL context. The key benefits of the partnership should be highlighted here, including its ‘fit’ with the QMUL Strategic Plan and school/institute plans, including international marketing plans.
- Resources: an indication of any major resourcing implications of the proposed collaboration, such as requirements for significant or additional space, facilities, equipment and staffing.
- Signatures: The proposal should be normally signed by the Head of school/institute and endorsed by the Faculty Vice-Principal. This confirms that the School or Institute can cover the resources required in relation to the proposed activity.
Once a proposal has been approved by the Partnerships Board, the Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement or Erasmus+ Agreement can be signed.