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Programme approval

When wanting to bring a new programme on board with a partner there are a few questions you need to ask:

  1. Do we have a partnership with the institution already?
  2. Is the type of partnership I want to set up the same as the existing agreement in place for that partner?

If the answer to both of these questions is YES, then all you have to do is follow the regular programme approval process.

  • If York St John University doesn’t have a partnership agreement with the institution already then you will need to go to the Validation & Revalidation Process and start there.

  • If an existing partner is seeking to franchise an existing University award, a proposal to extend the partnership agreement should be submitted to the Collaborative Partnerships Sub-Committee: Additional Partner Programmes - CPSCe form (docm, 83kB).

  • If you’re not sure if there is a partnership existing, or what type it is, contact Academic Quality Support for advice and guidance:


What type of partnership?

A validation partnership relates to an arrangement through which YSJU approves a programme of study designed, developed and delivered by a partner organisation.

A franchise partnership relates to an arragement through which YSJU agrees to authorise another institution to deliver part of all of a YSJU approved programme of study.

More information on the types of collaborative provision offered by the University, and their indicative risk level, can be found here: Partnership models and definitions (PDF, 0.2MB) 

The role of the business case and approving new programmes for existing validation partnerships

When a partner, or School, propose a new collaborative programme it will go through YSJU’s normal .

If you are sure that the new programme sits within the existing partnership agreement go to the  pages for information about the approval process.

When an extension to a partnership agreement is approved by Collaborative Partnerships Sub-Committee, a  should be completed. This document must be approved by School Quality Panel (SQP) before submission to the Academic Programme Committee for University approval.

Partners seeking re-validation of existing programmes should complete the Programme Development Business Case - Collaborative Revalidation (Docx, 60kB)

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