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Academic Partnerships

We work closely with education institutions nationally and internationally to offer students progression routes and the opportunity to study UEL qualifications at other institutions. 

How to Partner with UEL

The first step is to complete the prospective partnership form in as much detail as possible and send it to . This will help us to assess the synergy between our institutions and whether the type of collaboration your institution wants is viable. 
We will then contact you to discuss the proposal in more detail and outline the next steps in the approval process. Please note that, if you are interested in a validation or franchise partnership, it can take up to nine months to complete the approval process. 
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the different partnership options before submitting a prospective partnership form, please email

Download the Prospective Partner Form

By partnering with UEL, your institution will benefit from UEL’s long experience of collaborative working. Your students could have the opportunity to study at UEL or they could study for a UEL qualification at your institution.  Their learning will be enhanced through access to UEL’s electronic resources. Your academics will be supported by a dedicated UEL link tutor. 

  • 22

    Partner institutions

  • 4243

    Students studying for UEL qualifications at partner institutions

  • 10

    Partners in 10 countries

Types of partnership

We are happy to explore the following type of partnership with prospective partners



The University of East London may license other institutions to deliver whole programmes, or stages of programmes, designed by UEL staff, leading to an award or the award of credit by UEL.


A programme developed jointly with at least one other institution, which may also have degree awarding powers, leading to a UEL award, or a degree awarded jointly by the institutions, or a comparable award from another institution.


UEL may accredit a programme developed by another institution as equivalent to a UEL award, or leading to the award of a specific number of credits.

Distance learning

A programme of study whereby a student would not normally attend a UEL campus or that of a partner institution. Attendance may be required for residential sessions, for study support or for assessment purposes. Collaborative programmes offered by distance learning may apply the franchise, validation, joint or double model. The collaborative partner may manage elements of delivery, support and/or assessment, as agreed at validation.



Double award

A programme of study leading to the granting of both a UEL award and that of a partner institution. The programme may be offered under either a franchise or a validation agreement; or offered as an integrated programme of study, in accordance with regulations for ACL; or via an articulation arrangement. UEL will be responsible only for the elements of the programme that contribute to a UEL award.


An arrangement whereby programmes and modules delivered by a partner institution are formally recognised for the purposes of advanced standing towards a UEL award.


Useful Information for Collaborative Partners

Our collaboration with UEL offers our students international exposure and the opportunity to pursue further education or a prosperous professional career anywhere around the world.
Lina Drontza , Head of Registries, Athens Metropolitan College
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