We have a number of partnership agreements with educational and other establishments in the UK and overseas. These agreements allow us to offer a wide range of courses to students and give them access to specialist facilities and lecturers, as well as opening up opportunities for them to study abroad. Our staff benefit from being able to take part in exchange programmes and collaborative research projects.
We have a number of international partners which enable student exchanges, research collaborations, Erasmus+ activity and recognition arrangements.
Within the UK, we work with a variety of Further Education Colleges including:
We also work with a number of other institutions including the AECC University College.
Our UK partners run a variety of full-time and part-time courses that last between one and three years, short continuing professional development (CPD) courses, HNCs/HNDs, Foundation degrees and full Honours degrees in conjunction with BU.
Many of our UK partners offer franchised or validated courses, or a mixture of the two. Under franchised provision, students enrol with BU and are included in our student numbers. Although they study at the partner college, they have access to some of the university’s facilities and support services.
Under validated provision, students enrol with the partner college and are included in the college’s student numbers. The partner college has greater responsibility for these students whilst BU oversees the provision of the course and awards the degree.
Franchised and validated status is dependent on the course, rather than the partner - the BU Collaborative Provision Register contains the specific details of these courses.
The following documents provide further information about our academic partnership agreements.
Franchised and validated partners (xls 14kb)