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Academic Partnership

Student Holding TextbooksThe Academic Partnerships team (APT) is responsible for facilitating the University of Cumbria's collaborative working with partner institutions. The team leads and manages the relationship, where an institution works in association, to deliver university validated or franchised programmes.

We are here to advise and support you - from initial enquiry and inception through to programme delivery and monitoring. We provide the link between the university and our academic partners, providing help and guidance through the various processes involved.


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.

The Role of the Academic Partnerships Team

APT provides the main institutional contact between our partners and the university. The main roles of the team are:

  • To be the first point of contact for prospective and existing academic collaborative partners
  • To facilitate and support discussions between the university and partners regarding new programme developments
  • To safeguard and maintain the relationships between the university and its key academic partners, through effective communication
  • To advise and support the partner and university during the preparation of due diligence and the business case
  • To prepare for institutional approval and to provide ongoing support  during the partnership development and programme delivery
  • To support the Academic Quality and Standards Service in the operation, review and revision of regulations, policies and procedures which impact on partnership working
  • To prepare for validation and to offer on-going support throughout the programme set up, delivery and monitoring procedures.

If you are considering establishing a partnership, you should contact the team at the earliest opportunity. Please complete the enquiry form and return to the APT.

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.

The administration and coordination of collaborative provision is largely undertaken by the Academic Partnerships Team.

Contact APT

Janice Nichols, Academic Partnerships Manager
Telephone: 01228 400336
Email: Janice.Nichols@cumbria.ac.uk

Janice Hodgson, Partnerships Officer
Telephone: 01228 400300 ext. 8386
Email: Janice.Hodgson@cumbria.ac.uk