We manage all aspects of the University’s strategic collaborative partnerships that involve students studying for a UEA award.

We're also responsible for the academic standards and quality assurance of such collaborative provision and the management of the associated risk.

We ensure that the University can demonstrate responsibility for standards of all awards issued in its name. There are currently around 2,000 students studying on collaborative programmes. We provide advice and guidance to partners, potential partners and members of University staff on the following:


  • Development of new partnerships (including management of agreements)
  • Regional partnerships
  • National partnerships
  • International partnerships
  • Articulation and progression arrangements
  • Joint and dual awards

Quality assurance and enhancement

  • Application of the Quality Assurance Agency Quality Code for Higher Education
  • Partnership resources and guidance
  • Process reviews
  • Development of and revisions to regulatory frameworks
  • Pre-validation support
  • Feasibility of new course proposals
  • Advice on written submissions for review e.g. Ofsted, Health and Care Professions Council, Office for Students

Published information

  • Student handbooks
  • Publicity protocols
  • Websites • Social media


  • Policies and procedures
  • Academic appeals and complaints
  • Professional misconduct and unsuitability
  • Appointment of external examiners
  • Boards of examiners
  • Negotiation and liaison with professional bodies including: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Ofsted

Staff development

  • Identification of staff development needs at partner institutions
  • Induction of new partners’ staff
  • Approval of staff to deliver UEA-validated programmes
  • Delivery of a programme of development and support workshops and an annual Partnerships Conference

Learn more about our current partners

Read current and past issues of our newsletter

Contact us

For more information about us, please contact us at academic.partnerships@uea.ac.uk

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