The University actively engages in collaborative arrangements with partner institutions based in the UK and at many located overseas. Such arrangements are formalised through a process of negotiating and approving a variety of arrangements.

Guide to Quality Assurance Procedures has been produced to help and inform partner institutions of the types of partnerships that currently exist within the University and the associated quality assurance procedures.

The University has created a clearly defined set of procedures for the approval of such agreements. The guidelines are set out in the relevant sections

1. Accreditation

Heriot-Watt University engages in collaborative arrangements with partner institutions based in the UK and overseas.  The University has primary and ultimate responsibility for academic standards and quality across all its provision. It works collaboratively with other bodies whose roles include accreditation, licencing and regulation in the UK and overseas.

2. Approved Learning Partner Agreements

An institution which has been approved to deliver a franchised programme, whereby the curriculum, the approach to teaching, style of learning, and form of assessment are determined by the University, but the teaching is undertaken by the partner institution. Read more about our Approved Learning Partner Agreements.

3. Articulation Agreements

A partnership with another institution to accept students who have successfully completed an identified programme, which has been determined by the University to provide suitable preparation for entry on to one of Heriot-Watt University's programmes. Read more about articulation arrangements.

4. Collaborative Partner Agreements

A partnership with one or more other higher education institutions (each with its own degree-awarding powers) to offer a joint programme leading to a joint or dual award. Read more about Collaborative Partner Agreements.

5. Exchange Agreements

An arrangement between the University and a non-UK HEI, to accept students onto each other's programmes for a period of time (usually one academic year), with the credit gained usually contributing to the overall award. Read more about Exchange Agreements.

6. Industrial Partner Agreements

An arrangement with industry or a business organisation to enable students to undertake a period of work-related learning. Read more about Industrial Partner Agreements.

7. Memorandum of Understanding

A document produced between the University and a partner, confirming their intention to establish a more formal agreement at a later date (i.e. to develop future courses and programmes for mutual benefits).  At this stage there is no legal obligation on either party for any action undertaken by the other, and therefore a Memorandum of Understanding is sufficient. If you are considering a Memorandum of Understanding, please contact Academic Quality in the first instance for advice and a template document.

8. Validation Agreements

A partnership with institution or organisation whereby the programme is developed, delivered and assessed by the partner, but has been assured by the University of an appropriate quality and standards to lead to a University award or credit. Read more about Validation Agreements.