The University of Glasgow has validation arrangements with three institutions. These are:
The Glasgow School of Art (GSA)
GSA was founded in 1845 and has a considerable reputation as one of the world's leading art schools. The University’s validation relationship with GSA was formally established in 1992. The University validates awards for a considerable number of programmes at GSA, some of which are joint programmes with the University. GSA has ‘Accredited Status’ and the partnership is monitored via the Joint Liaison Committee which meets once per year.
The academic relationship with the University, while primarily based in the College of Arts, has also developed in the Colleges of Science and Engineering, Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Programmes leading to awards of the University are at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
For further information on the validation relationship with GSA please see https://www.gsa.ac.uk/about-gsa/key-information/relationship-with-the-university-of-glasgow/.
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
SRUC has a history stretching back over 100 years. The organisation as it currently stands was created in 2012 when Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge land-based colleges merged with the Scottish Agricultural College. The University's relationship with SRUC has grown over a number of years and the University validates a number of awards at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. SRUC has ‘Accredited Status’ and the partnership is monitored by a Joint Liaison Committee which meets once per year.
The academic relationship with SRUC is based in the College of MVLS, across the disciplines of Life Sciences and Veterinary Science.
Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS)
Formerly known as the Free Church of Scotland College, ETS was formed in 1843 after a split in the Church of Scotland known as the Disruption. Initially founded to train ministers in the Free Church of Scotland, the Seminary has expanded its provision and now educates students from across the UK and internationally. While some students are candidates for ministry, others are seeking education in Theology and Religious Studies.
ETS is a validated institution of the University of Glasgow with ‘Associated Status’ and the partnership is monitored by a Joint Board which meets twice during each academic session. ETS has a close relationship with staff in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts. The awards validated by the University are at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (taught and research).
These institutions have most of their academic awards (degrees) validated by the University. This means that students studying on one of the validated programmes at these institutions receive a University of Glasgow degree. In order to maintain oversight of standards and quality related to University of Glasgow degrees there is an appropriate reporting structure and process in place with each institution. Each partnership is overseen by a Joint Management Board (or equivalent) where the University and the validated institution is represented by senior staff. Academic matters related to the programmes all pass through the University of Glasgow's Academic Standards Committee (ASC).