The UK Quality Code expects that:
there is a written and legally binding agreement, or other document, setting out the rights and obligations of the parties, which is regularly monitored and reviewed. It is signed by the authorised representatives of the degree-awarding body (or higher education provider without degree-awarding powers arranging provision by a third party) and by the delivery organisation, support provider or partner(s) before the relevant activity commences.
The contractual agreement covers the partnership and quality assurance arrangements in relation to specified programmes of study, and the associated financial terms.
It sets out the responsibilities and obligations of each party and covers standard contractual matters such as definitions, liabilities and warranties, insurance, intellectual property, data protection, confidentiality, breach, dispute resolution, notice periods and termination.
It sets out the academic arrangements for the assurance of quality and standards, the management and monitoring of the programme and those relating to student administration such as marketing and publicity, registration and enrolment, production of certificates and transcripts and graduation. It also states which programmes are covered, maximum and/or minimum student numbers and the financial arrangements.
Production and final approval of the contract
The contract is drawn up by the Academic Partnerships Officer in consultation with the School, the partner, Legal Services and Finance. As far as possible contracts will be produced using University standard templates.
The final contract is submitted, with a recommendation for Programme Approval, to Senate. If approved the contractual agreement may be signed and issued to the partner. All institutional contracts are signed by the Vice-Chancellor or his nominee.
Students may only be enrolled on the programme when the contract has been signed by both (or all) parties.