Completion of an Approval in Principle (AiP) form is required when developing a new collaboration. Checks are required to ensure a prospective partner is compatible with the University’s educational objectives. These checks include an overview of the strategic aims of the project, due diligence of the prospective collaborating institution/organisation, the financial viability and the impact on University resources. The evaluation and monitoring of academic standards and quality assurance procedures of the prospective collaborating institution/organisation is also an important element of the approval process.
When developing a new collaboration it is strongly advised to liaise with our Team as early as possible so that advice can be provided on the correct procedure to follow.
In most cases an AiP form will need to be completed. Discussions with other offices with supporting evidence (if required) will also be sought. For example, College Planning Partner and College Business Partner. All comments required on the forms must be completed before the Head of School and College Board approval can be sought.
Please note that all AiP requests need to be approved by the University of Birmingham's Collaborative Provision Committee (CPC).
A Word copy of these forms can be obtained from Collaborative Provision.
For international collaborations such as Articulation and Entry Agreements further information can be found via the International Partnership website.
A flowchart outlining the development and approval process can be found below:
Approval and Development Process flowchart (PDF - 77KB)