Past Seminars

Risk & Due Diligence in Partnerships

4 December 2020 at 10.00am via Zoom

Assessing risk in partnerships and new partners is always critical for universities and the cost of making mistakes can be high. In the current environment the risks may be higher and some processes more challenging. Universities are therefore developing risk-based frameworks to work within, directing resources to areas where there is most perceived risk.

This CVU webinar will identify important factors that must be considered whilst identifying and managing the risks involved in working with both potential and existing collaborative partners, consider good practice in due diligence and risk management and will consider approaches to mitigate the current constrictions.


How to know your partner / Nick Thorley, Director, Corporate Intelligence Team, S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting

Due diligence for academic collaborative partnerships / Alex Hall, Director of Legal & Compliance Services and University Solicitor, University of Hertfordshire

Managing academic risk and driving enhancement at a distance / Hannah Kingman, Collaborations & Partnerships Team Leader, Nottingham Trent University

Keep Calm and Manage Risk / Suzanna Tomassi, Deputy Director (Partnerships – Quality and Relationships), Robyn Corcoran, Deputy Director (New Business and Operations), Open University Validation Partnerships

Staffordshire University – Our approach to Risk and how this applies to Due Diligence in the approval and management of collaborative academic partnerships / Diane Glautier, Director of Collaborative Academic Partnerships, Staffordshire University

Working in Partnership: A new approach to Transnational Education review / Alison Felce, Head of Accreditation & International Services, QAA and Rowena Pelik, International Higher Education Consultant

Partnerships in a Post-Covid World

6 November 2020 at 10.00am via Zoom

The impact of Covid-19 on global higher education has been immense. This webinar will explore how institutions and regulatory bodies have responded to the ongoing challenges and consider how effective oversight and high quality student experience can be maintained in the current environment.


QAA: Supporting Partnerships in UK Higher Education / Douglas Blackstock, QAA

Current issues facing the sector and their implications for university partnerships / Smita Jamdar, Shakespeare Martineau

Partnerships, reciprocity, policy and politics / Dean Machin, University of Portsmouth

Student mobility and collaborative partnerships: challenges and opportunities / Phil Cardew,  Academic, Leeds Beckett University

UK transnational education before and after Covid-19: where, how and why? / Eduardo Ramos, Universities UK International

All information for CVU past seminars including the PowerPoint slides are available for CVU members in the Members Portal section. Alternatively, you can send an email to and ask for copies.