Academic Registry

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH – RESEARCH DEGREE PARTNERSHIPS

The University has in place procedures for approval of research degree partnerships that may be tailored to individual arrangements, providing flexibility within a quality assurance framework proportionate to any risks involved as part of the proposed collaboration. 

DEVELOPING RESEARCH DEGREE PARTNERSHIPS

Due to the individual nature of research degree partnership arrangements you are advised to contact Kay Underhay, Quality Management Division, Academic Registry by emailing cpo@port.ac.uk to discuss in the first instance. The Points for Consideration document may be useful as part of the initial consideration and a short meeting or telephone discussion can be arranged to consider the arrangement details and suggest the most appropriate approval process. 

Research degree partnership documentation can be put in place for:

  • PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate or MD awarded by the University of Portsmouth

  • PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate or MD awarded by both the University of Portsmouth and a partner institution (Dual Award)
  • Work based and/or research placement

 Types of arrangements for research degree partnerships are:

Where a partnership proposal arrangement falls between these types of collaborative partnerships, it may be possible to develop a tailored approach which combines elements of the above processes.  In this case, the tailored approval process would be considered by Quality Assurance Committee for consideration of its fitness of purpose.

 

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH DEGREE PARTNERSHIP

A Collaborative Research Degree Partnership is considered when the University of Portsmouth:

  • Delegates the Admissions Decision to a partner institution

  • Approves Joint Delivery of the Research Training

  • Delegates First Supervision to an academic at the partner institution

     

RESEARCH MEMORANDA OF AGREEMENT

Putting a Research Memoranda of Agreement in place is considered when the University of Portsmouth research programme is dependent on specialist facilities or equipment provided by a partner institution or organisation. This type of arrangement may also include second supervision by the partner institution, financial provision by either the University of Portsmouth or the partner institution/organisation and agreed periods or research at both locations.

 

WORK BASED AND/OR RESEARCH PLACEMENT

The Code of Practice for Work Based and Placement Learning sets out a series of principles that should be followed whenever work-based and/or placement learning is incorporated into academic provision.

It is important to confirm the insurance provision, health and safety matters and that a permission to travel request is approved for activities outside the UK.  The Taxonomy as an annex to the Code of Practice provides details of the documentation to be completed for research work based or placement activity.

Templates and supporting documents:

  • Provider Agreement Letter
  • Research Placement Agreement
  • Research Placement Risk Evaluation Form

Can be found on the Work based and Placement Learning - Research Programme website.  

 

SITE VISIT TO THE PARTNER INSTITUTION

A site visit is included within the approval processes for research degree partnerships and visiting PGRS during a research placement may be arranged.  Exemptions for a site visit can be considered when the partner has a high international academic and research standing and the research degree programme is undertaken in English with the thesis being written and defended in English.

DUAL AWARD or DOUBLE AWARD

A Dual Award arrangement is considered for approval when both the University of Portsmouth and a Partner institution each grant an award on completion of the research degree programme.  The research programme may include joint supervision, joint delivery of research training and a period of time spent at each institution. On successful completion the student receives two certificates one from each institution.

The Quality Assurance Agency includes the following definition for a Dual Award or Double Award:

The granting of separate awards (and certificates) for the same programme by two degree-awarding bodies who have jointly delivered the programme of study leading to them. 

JOINT AWARD 

A Joint Award is when two institutions develop a research degree programme which includes joint supervision, joint research training and periods of time spent undertaking research at each institution.  Assessment processes are combined and the student would receive one award of PhD and one certificate which includes the names of both institutions.  

You are advised to contact the Collaborative Programmes Office by emailing cpo@port.ac.uk to discuss the proposed arrangements for a joint award to establish if this can be progressed.

The Quality Assurance Agency includes the following definition for a Joint Award:

An arrangement under which two or more degree-awarding bodies together provide a programme leading to a single award made jointly by both, or all, participants.  A single certificate or document (signed by the competent authorities) attests to successful completion of this jointly delivered programme, replacing the separate institutional or national qualifications.

 

USEFUL DOCUMENT AND TEMPLATES

Research Partnerships - Points for Consideration [Word (.doc) - Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:06:00 BST]