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Provision with Others (Collaborative Provision)


‘Collaborative provision’ describes where any learning opportunities leading or contributing to the award of academic credit or a qualification are delivered, assessed or supported through an arrangement with one or more organisations other than the degree-awarding body. As such it is known as ‘managing higher education provision with others’ in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The critical factor is whether the achievement of the learning outcomes for the module or programme is dependent on the arrangement made with the other delivery or support organisation.  If you have any questions about whether your programme is collaborative provision or not, or are not sure which type of collaborative provision it is, please contact the Registry for help.

In approving and maintaining standard degree programmes that run at Cardiff University we can be confident that the facilities, resources, and support systems are already in place.  In collaborative provision we have to examine and assess all these issues to ensure that the students will have an equivalent learning experience to our locally-based students.  All our students are equally important whether they are part of a large group, or part of a small cohort, whether they are far away or on our doorstep.  This is why we have to take extra measures in assuring the quality of collaborative provision.


For detailed information on Collaborative Provision arrangements at Cardiff please refer to the Collaborative Provision Policy Framework, or for guidance on completing the relevant documentation please refer to to Collaborative Provision Guidance Handbook:

Download: Collaborative Provision Policy Framework Word Format (197KB)

Download: Collaborative provision policy framework – Cymraeg

Download: Collaborative Provision Guidance Handbook Word Format (148KB)

Download: Collaborative Provision Guidance Handbook – Cymraeg


For the documentation and proformas you need to develop a collaborative arrangement:

Collaborative Provision Documentation


Schools who are considering the development of a proposal for collaborative provision should contact Officers in the Professional Services at the earliest possible opportunity prior to developing a formalised relationship with a potential partner:

For proposed collaborative arrangements with partners in the UK (including Exchange/ Progression/ Articulation/ Admissions Agreements) and those involving the development of new programmes please contact Quality Team in Registry and Academic Services in the first instance:


For proposed collaborative arrangements with international partners (including Exchange/ Progression/ Articulation/ Admissions Agreements and research collaboration) please also contact the International Office:



Page last updated: 17th November 2015