The revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education - QAA
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TUoS Framework for Research Collaborative Provision
The collaborative provision policy is a defined policy and is mandatory for all research collaborative provision at the University.Collaborative Framework
One to one sessions with a member of the Research Services Programmes and Provision team providing tailored advice and guidance to academics and/or administrators who are interested in setting up, enhancing or trouble-shooting a collaborative research programme.Academic Support
New Research Degree Programme Approval
The approval process for new research degree programmes aims to ensure that quality standards are maintained and that all new programmes support the policies and wider research agenda of the University, as well as delivering an excellent student experience.
When designing new programmes, alignment to the following should be considered:
- QAA Quality Code
- TUoS Doctoral Research Student Proposition
- TUoS Framework for Research Collaborative Provision
- Faculty and Departmental PGR Stategy
- Submission within funded period
An application for the approval of a new research degree programme may be necessary if:
- there is a need for a new programme or award type in the absence of current provision e.g. introduction of a professional doctorate or integrated award;
- a significant amendment is needed to an existing programme, e.g. an alternative mode of delivery, a change of collaborative partner or a broadening of remit across departments or Faculties is proposed to an existing programme;
- there are changes impacting the market, viability or educational purpose of an existing research degree programme.
If you are planning to develop a new programme, please contact the Programmes & Provisions Team in Research Services as early as possible. We can advise on programme design, the approval process and the supporting documentation as well as putting you in touch with other Professional Service colleagues who can support on areas such as the business case, marketing, library and IT resources .
Following Senate approval in June 2019, an individual and risk-based approach will be taken with respect to programme approval. All new programmes will be categorised according to the criteria available here and deadlines and processes will be determined accordingly.
In general, programmes will likely progress through the following stages on the route to approval, each of which are supported by Research Services:
Stage 1 - Department approval: Complete the form Part A: Initial Information for Department Approval in Principle and Part B
Stage 2 - Faculty approval in principle: Research services will work with you to complete Part B. Initial approval will be sought from the Faculty Director of Research & Innovation (FDRI) based upon information from the consultations with Professional Services. The FDRI will either give approval in principle for the programme proposal or refuse it on the grounds of strategic or resource issues. In the latter case, the department will be given feedback and informed whether a revised proposal can be resubmitted.
Stage 2a - Consideration by the Collaborative Provision Advisory Group (collaborative programmes only). Supporting documentation: due diligence to be undertaken by Research Services.
Stage 3 - Professional Services & University Postgraduate Research Committee (UPGRC) peer review.
Stage 4 - Faculty approval in full.
Stage 5 - Regulation approval, where relevant. Should amendments to the General Regulations be required, approval will be sought from UPGRC, Research & Innovation Committee (RIC) & Senate
Timescales are dependent on the nature of the proposal but a guide is given in the Research Programme Approval Policy.
Programme proposers should note that new programmes should not be advertised prior to their final approval, particularly if it involves international recruitment and/or collaborative partnerships.
Stage 4 - Faculty approval in full: Full Faculty approval will be sought via the PGR Committee. The following paperwork is required:
Stage 5 - Quality & Scrutiny Committee & Senate approval: The Quality & Scrutiny Committee has oversight of the outcomes of all approval events and will give formal agreement for the proposals to progress to the Senate.
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Types of Collaborative Arrangement
Collaborative programmes are delivered, supported and/or assessed through an arrangement with a partner institution. Please note, these arrangements are generally reserved for cohorts of students and the University does not support dual awards for research programmes.
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. Students can undertake jointly supervised research degree programmes with the University of Sheffield and another international institution. Generally as part of the programme, the student will move between institutions (typically spending a minimum of 12 months at each), have an integrated confirmation review and viva, and receive a single degree certificate, which is jointly badged with the logos of both institutions. 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.
In the arrangements detailed below, a student is co-supervised by an academic at another institution, or in some cases by a supervisor in industry. The primary supervisor is assigned by the home university, and the student examined wholly by the home university according to their normal procedures, receiving a standard award if successful.