Becoming a partner of the University of Plymouth

Why work with the University of Plymouth?

The University of Plymouth has a long tradition of working in partnership with other institutions to deliver Higher Education opportunities. We welcome proposals from the UK and internationally to extend our range of partnerships.

We work with higher education (HE) partners (colleges, commercial, non-profit and specialist organisations) in the UK and internationally with similar ambitions, values and aspirations. Our vision of collaboration is a two-way process providing mutual support to enhance opportunities for students, research and/or business development.

We don't require an exclusive relationship to become a partner institution. We believe that partnership arrangements should reflect the shared and unique mission, situation and strategic direction of both institutions.

Academic Partnerships works to ensure that both the University and partner institutions gain an acceptable return on investment on collaborative work - which allows for high quality delivery and on-going investment. This is reflected in our partnership strategies and our successful track record in establishing and developing collaborative arrangements with a variety of national and international partners.

Read our University of Plymouth 2020 Strategy.

Exploring potential partnerships

We receive a wide range of requests to establish collaborative higher education partnerships. If you're interested in developing a relationship with the University of Plymouth, please follow the relevant link below to find the information, documents and processes that will inform your application.
We operate various types of partnership model here, including:

  • Co-designed and co-delivered awards
  • Accreditation of awards designed by partners, with a contribution to the delivery from the University of Plymouth
  • Accreditation of awards designed and delivered by partners, with no access to University of Plymouth resources or systems. This is commonly used with specialist or niche providers and large scale or long-standing higher education delivery institutions.
The University provides a typology for these arrangements, which you're advised to consider as a basis for pursuing any collaborative venture.

First steps

We've designed the initial enquiry templates below to help you, as a potential partner, identify institutional compatibility with the University. They provide an outline of the type of evidence we'd use to assess and prioritise potential partnership development.

When you contact us about a potential partnership, it'd be helpful if you outlined a narrative and supporting documentation indicating:

  • how your current HE activity or provision relates to the criteria outlined in the enquiry template
  • how your future HE aspirations relate to this profile.
If you feel there isn't a complete match with the criteria, please indicate plans and timescales over which you'd anticipate a closer match being achieved.

UK institutions wishing to become a partner should contact:

Mark Stone, Associate Professor, Head of UK HE Partnerships, Academic Partnerships.

International institutions wishing to become a partner should contact:

John Swarbrooke, Associate Dean International, Academic Partnerships

Key services for partners

Learn how we support our partners - from providing support for business development, to our Mobile with Plymouth University app for students.

Find out more about support