Academic Partnerships

Join our partners from the UK and overseas

Academic Partnerships

Join our partners from the UK and overseas

What we look for in our academic partnerships

We recognise that academic partnerships are an essential part of the ecosystem in which universities operate.

Our strategic focus is on developing sustainable collaborations where we can add significant value to our academic partners and their students, and where our partners will also add value to the wider university reputation and standing.

At the centre of our academic partnership mindset is the student experience and their outcomes. When considering a proposed partnership arrangement, we want to ensure that it will create a high-quality student experience, underpinned by our living and learning ethos.

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Types of partnership

Our academic partnership activity is centred on two types of academic partnership arrangements:

Validation arrangements

The university, as an awarding institution, judges that a programme (or part thereof) developed and delivered by another institution or organisation is of an appropriate quality and standard to lead to its award.

Franchise arrangements

The university allows the whole or part of one or more of its own internally developed programmes to be delivered and assessed at a partner institution, leading to an award of the university.

Prospective partner programme offerings will need to be able to demonstrate the basis for excellent student progression and completion rates, and programmes that will help produce capable graduates with excellent subject-specific knowledge as well as employability skills.

If you are looking to explore a progression agreement or international student recruitment please contact global@chi.ac.uk.

Become a partner

Please download and complete the form linked below to start the partnership assessment process. Once completed, please email the form to Chris Dancer (Head of Academic Partnerships) at c.dancer@chi.ac.uk.

Guiding principles

In deciding whether to embark upon a new partnership we will draw on our guiding principles. These are intended as a guide rather than as an exhaustive list and they are not presented in any order of weighting or priority.

It is not necessary for a partnership opportunity to satisfy all of the principles if it appears that there are strengths relating to some principles that compensate for others that might be less strong.

Institutional Reputation

The reputation and standing of the proposed partner organisation is such that, through association, it will strengthen the university’s identity as a premium higher education institution and/or as a world-leader in research.

Visibility & Impact

The proposed partnership will create opportunities for the university to be more visible and have a greater positive impact on education and research at a local, national, or international level.


The proposed partnership will create an opportunity for the partner to enhance its own education or research activities. In particular, it will further the university’s commitment to research-led education.

Growth & Sustainability

The proposed partnership activities will bring or will have the potential to bring notable growth in educational and/or research activities and will be operationally and financially sustainable for the proposed period of the partnership.

Diversification & Innovation

The proposed partnership will provide the university with an opportunity to offer programmes of study or carry out research that differs to its own or are innovative, particularly where the capability to do so alone does not exist. This could include delivering at a different site, delivering the subject in a different way or by appealing to a different student demographic.

What we provide

We understand the importance to our academic partners of having an efficient and effective operational management interface as well as offering a high-quality service for students. Features of our academic partner provision include:

A named contact within our Admissions Team to support you with timely and efficient processing of your students’ applications.

Electronic library resources for your students and staff accessed direct through our ‘Partner Portal’.

Our online portal that links our student record management system and enables students to access their grades or amend aspects of their personal records.

A facility that enables students to log requests for password changes and problems with their account at any time, and to monitor the progress of their request.

A comprehensive range of support that enables efficient registration of students, facilities to enable direct tutor feedback to students and the provision of student grades.

Each partner has a nominated link tutor.  This plays a key role in maintaining a supportive partnership as well as helping to ensure that the University is able to maintain oversight of academic standards.

Appointment of an external examiner to review student work. As a part of their role, external examiners will normally have the opportunity to visit the partner and meet their students at least once during their tenure.  This is part of the process whereby the University seeks to encourage a close, mutually valuable, working relationship between academic partners and external examiners.

Partner staff teaching on our programmes have access to our professional development programme free of charge.  Where a partner has an interest in doing so, we also seek to enable opportunities for partner staff to engage in our AdvanceHE accredited PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, conferring FHEA.

The payment structure for Academic Partnerships is straightforward and transparent. We will make clear the costings to you from the outset.

Current partners

Here are some of the high-quality partnerships we currently have in place both in the UK and across the world.

Are you a current partner?

Visit our Current Academic Partners page for policies and statements, our quality handbook, academic regulations and to view our regulatory status.

Academic Partnership Contact Details

For new Academic Partnership enquiries, please contact:
Chris Dancer - Head of Academic Partnerships

For existing Academic Partners, please contact:
Your Link Tutor or a member of our Academic Quality and Standards Service (AQSS) at acpart@chi.ac.uk.
You can also visit our Information for Current Academic Partners page for helpful links.

If your enquiry is in relation to a progression agreement or international student recruitment please contact global@chi.ac.uk.

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