Approval process for link agreements
The process below applies to all types of link agreement.
You can contact the Partnerships Office for
advice prior to submitting a proposal to form a new link agreement.
Stage 1: proposal and outline institutional approval
The appropriate proposal form(s) should be completed by a member of Essex staff.
All forms are restricted to Essex users only. Email the Partnerships Office
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information about link agreements and the approval process.
New link agreements
Making a change to an existing agreement
Renewing an existing agreement
The Partnerships Office will review the proposal and may seek additional
information or clarification. This will involve other relevant teams as
appropriate, for example International Office, Admissions or Essex Abroad.
The Partnerships Office will carry out an initial due diligence on the
proposed institution and submit it to the Dean of Partnerships for outline
institutional approval. Where a proposal requires a greater level of
collaboration or integration, an enhanced due diligence check may be required.
Stage 2: academic approval
Approval to proceed with the link agreement will be requested from the
relevant Head(s) of Department(s) or their nominee.
If approval has been received from the relevant Head(s) of Department(s),
the proposal will be sent to the relevant Faculty Executive Dean(s) for approval.
Stage 3: development of agreement
An agreement (memorandum of understanding, or equivalent) will be produced
by the Partnerships Office, the content of which will be agreed by the link
institution, prior to being signed. On occasion a link institution's own agreement
template may be used, but this will be reviewed by the Partnerships Office prior