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Academic Collaborative Provision

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The University of Cumbria engages in a range of academic collaborative provision activities.

Across its provision, the University recognises the QAA’s definition for Working With Others; ‘The management of all learning opportunities leading or contributing to the award of academic credit or a qualification that are delivered, assessed or supported through an arrangement with one or more organisations other than the degree-awarding body’ (Quality Code Chapter B10: Managing Higher Education Provision with Others).

At all times the university remains responsible for the standards of its awards. 


The University places a high value on being a Widening Participation university, encouraging and facilitating the progression of non-traditional students to University.

Our collaborations with local partners provide a range of opportunities for students whatever their age and earlier experience. These partnerships ensure provision is available in Cumbria’s widely distributed communities and offers progression opportunities into Higher Education from FE and vocational routes. 
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Developing collaborations which closely match the ethos and principles of the University is vital and the University continues to build strong partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally.

The University’s Strategy for Working with Partners

The University's academic collaborative provision activity is underpinned by the 'Strategy for the Delivery of Academic Collaborative Provision 2013-2018'. This enables the University to develop its collaborative provision in a way that is purposeful in supporting the University to meet its Mission and Strategic aims. A full version of the Strategy for the Delivery of Academic Collaborative Provision is available to download.

More detailed information about engaging in collaborative provision with the University of Cumbria is available through the University’s Processes and Procedures for the Approval and Management of Academic Collaborative Provision.

Section 1:
Introductions and Definitions.

Section 2:
Management of Initial Enquiries and Processes for the Approval of Academic Collaborative Provision.

Section 3:
Process for the Ongoing Management of Academic Collaborative Provision.


If you are considering establishing a partnership, you should contact the University at the earliest opportunity. Please complete the enquiry form and return to acadmicpartnerships@cumbria.ac.uk

The administration and coordination of collaborative provision is largely undertaken by Academic Quality and Development.

Contact information:

Email: academicpartnerships@cumbria.ac.uk