Articulation and progression partner

Articulation and progression agreements are designed to build strong partnerships and coordination between the University and the partner institution, promoting recruitment and furthering the aims of the University’s internationalisation strategy.

Definition of term

An articulation arrangement is an “arrangement with a partner institution (usually overseas) in which the University recognises specific credit and advanced standing to cohorts of students progressing to appropriate programmes identified by University staff. Articulation differs To APE/CL arrangements which only apply to individuals.”

Progression arrangements are defined as arrangements which cover only entry to the first year of the higher education programme (i.e. without advanced standing).

Developing a partnership  

The University recognises that both articulation and progression arrangements may take time to develop, building upon emerging relationships with partners. An articulation/progression enquiry typically will go through the following stages:

  • initial investigation
  • consideration and mapping
  • approval and signing
  • annual review

For more information about the approval and review process, please see our partner quality assurance procedures.

Memorandum of understanding (MOU)

The purpose of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to facilitate discussions between the parties on specific educational projects/areas of collaboration of mutual benefit of interest, with a view to establish the basis on which the parties will collaborate.

A MOU is normally valid for twelve months which should provide both parties enough time to carry out the discussion and to set up further arrangements.

It is not mandatory to sign a MOU in order to develop further partnerships. It is preferable to avoid creating a MOU and proceed directly to agreement relevant to the specific type of partnership. However we understand an MOU is recognised for some institution as a pre-requisite to start discussion on collaborative activities.  To set up a MOU arrangement, please complete the MOU Initial Enquiry form and return it to academicpartnerships@plymouth.ac.uk

Initial enquiry forms

If you are interested in developing an articulation or progression agreements, please complete the initial enquiry form. The form is designed to assist potential partners and the University to identify the suitable areas for collaboration, the information provided by the potential partner will also help the university to determine the potential for course mapping.