About Us About Us

Academic Partnerships manage all aspects of the University’s strategic collaborative partnerships that involve students studying for a UEA award. We are responsible for the academic standards and quality assurance of such collaborative provision and the management of the associated risk. We ensure that the University can demonstrate responsibility for standards of all awards issued in its name. There are currently around 3,000 students studying on collaborative programmes. 

We provide advice and guidance to partners, potential partners and members of University staff on the following:


  • Development of new partnerships, including management of Agreements
  • Regional partnerships
  • National partnerships
  • International partnerships
  • Articulation and progression arrangements
  • Joint and dual awards

Quality Assurance and Enhancement

  • Application of the QAA Quality Code for HE
  • Partnerships Handbooks (UEA Partnerships, International Partnerships, UCS Partnerships Handbook)
  • Process reviews
  • Development of and revisions to regulatory frameworks
  • Pre-validation support
  • Feasibility of new course proposals
  • Advice on written submissions for review eg Ofsted, HCPC, QAA

Published Information

  • Student Handbooks
  • Publicity Protocols
  • Websites
  • Social media


  • Policies and procedures
  • Academic Appeals and Complaints
  • Professional Misconduct and Unsuitability
  • Approval and appointment of External Examiners
  • Boards of Examiners
  • Negotiation and liaison with professional bodies including:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    • Ofsted

Staff Development

  • Identification of staff development needs at partner institutions
  • Induction of new partners’ staff
  • Approval of staff to deliver UEA-validated programmes
  • Delivery of bespoke sessions


Our current partner institutions are:

Institution Commencement of agreement Type of partnership
Brooksby Melton College 2016 Validation
City College Norwich 2004 (two programmes) 2006 (all HE provision) Validation
Colchester Institute 2018 Validation
Easton College 2006


INTO UEA 2006 Jointly owned validated provision
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts 1997 Validation
South Essex College 2018 Validation
The Royal Marsden School 2015 Validation
West Suffolk College 2018 Validation