Available Support for the Development of Collaborations
A Collaborations Unit has been established within the Senate Office to support staff interested in creating a link with colleagues outside the University. The Unit is designed as the first point of contact for staff interested in taking forward a collaborative link. Staff provide guidance, advice and information on establishing collaborations, and will coordinate work with colleagues to support initiatives throughout the process, facilitating passage from conception to implementation, linking as appropriate with other internal services and officers (such as College Offices and the International Office) and external agencies and officers (such as providers of legal services and opposite numbers in the partner institutions). Following implementation, the Unit can also provide guidance on the continuing management of the collaborative link.
If you have a particular idea in mind, or would like some more information on the sorts of links that can be developed, please contact Jackie McCluskey on 0141 330 3942.
In addition to the guidance provided by the Senate Office, the International Dean (formerly Regional Champions) and Senior International Officers play a key role in advising on potential links. Further information on the role of the International Dean and the International Office can be found at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/international/internationalisation/.
Proposals for Validation
Research Degrees Collaborations
The approval process will differ depending on the nature of the proposed collaboration. The body with approval authority in each case is outlined here. In every case, careful consideration about the reputation and standing of the proposed partner institution is required. A checklist outlining the issues to address when considering an institution for collaboration is outlined here.
In response to the University’s internationalisation strategy, an overarching review of the University’s policies and procedures in relation to academic collaborations took place in 2006. One of the main elements of the revised approval procedures was the establishment of a Collaborations Group (CG), a sub-group of the Senior Management Group consisting of;
- Senior Vice-Principal (Internationalisation) (Convener);
- Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching);
- Vice-Principal (R&E) (where appropriate);
- Clerk of Senate;
- Secretary of Court;
- Convener of Academic Standards Committee;
- Head of Finance or nominee;
- International Director;
- Director of Senate Office;
- SRC Vice-President for Learning and Development
To this membership is added: the relevant Head(s) of College, Head(s) of School and International Dean.
The CG was established to provide a rapid, one-stop shop method to deal with proposed academic collaborations. The membership was framed accordingly.
The primary function of the CG is to provide in-principle approval for collaborative proposals where there is a novel aspect – for example, collaboration with a new partner or in a new country or where there are broader strategic, policy or resource implications, and to recommend approval, or otherwise, to EdPSC/RPSC (in the case of research collaborations), Senate, and where appropriate, Court. In order to facilitate consideration, the group is consulted electronically.
The CG seeks assurances that the proposal has the full support of the College both academically and financially and aligns with the University Strategy and College strategic planning. In addition, it looks for evidence that consideration has been given at College/School level to the reputation of the proposed partner institution. Additional feedback on the partner institution is normally sought from RIO in the form of information on the ranking of the institution and its standing in the field in question.
Proposals for Validation
The University has in place a Code of Practice for Validated Provision which outlines the process involved. A flowchart summarising this process can be found here.
A Code of Practice for Collaborative Provision is currently being drafted. Flowcharts have been prepared to summarise the approval process in the case of the other collaborative models as outlined:
Joint and Double/Multiple Degrees
Joint Provision - with new partner(s)
Joint Provision - with existing partner(s)
Articulation/Entry with Advanced Standing
Approval of Institutions to offer University of Glasgow-developed Provision
Research Degree Collaborations
A set of guidelines for the development of jointly-awarded PhDs has been established by the Senate Office in liaison with Postgraduate Research Service.
Senate has recently approved the development of Double (Dual)/Multiple research degrees. A set of guidelines is currently being prepared.
Universitas 21 (U21) Institutions
A Memorandum of Understanding between U21 Institutions has recently been signed with a view to facilitating the development of jointly-awarded PhDs. A template agreement has been produced in liaison with the relevant institutions.
The University has established guidelines outlining the required due diligence checks when considering a collaboration.
- Financial Model (work in progress)
- Insurance (work in progress)
Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)/Memoranda of Agreement (MoA)/ Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC)
Any collaborative arrangement should be covered by a MoU or MoA/MoC, as appropriate. A MoU is a statement of intent which outlines the University's intention to collaborate in the future. MoUs are normally not contractual commitments. A template MoU is available here.
MoAs (sometimes referred to as MoCs) outline the detailed roles and responsibilities of each partner institution and are legally binding documents.
Template MoUs/ MoAs are currently being drafted.