These guides are intended for use by those involved in implementing Collaborative Projects with Business (CPBs) in a taught postgraduate programme (although many of the principles are applicable to any academic programme). The forms provided should be considered as exemplars as most programmes use bespoke materials.

  • Project Proposal Form (New form coming soon): this form gathers information about the organisation, their suggestions for masters projects and what they want to achieve.  It provides a space for formulating a proposal, it is the first step of the conversation in developing a project, it will allow matching to a programme and hopefully a student. It can equally well be used by students/staff for scoping projects with a business.
  • Project Agreement Form (New form coming soon): this exemplar form is used to set expectations, agree roles, responsibilities, project outcomes etc. in advance of the start of the project and ensures best practice. It is hence considered as an essential component although not legally binding.  It poses questions to prompt stakeholders about specific aspects of project management and has been developed as a template to be flexible as it is clear that each project has individual and specific requirements.

You may also wish to know about Tier 4 International Student Visas:

Where a student who holds a Tier 4 visa takes a Collaborative Project with Business (CPB), the University must also ensure that it complies with the conditions of its Tier 4 sponsor licence.

The project must be an integral and assessed part of the course as is the case with a CPB taken as an optional alternative to a University-based dissertation.  If the CPB is not necessary for the student to gain their award, then the University cannot continue sponsorship of the student’s visa while they are on their CPB.

The University must continue its monitoring and reporting duties under Tier 4.  The organisation must agree to monitor the attendance of the student and report any missed contacts to the University. 

This toolkit has been developed based upon the advice and guidance available at the time of publishing. All documents will contain a date indicating when last updated and published. Users of the toolkit should ensure that they are familiar with guidance and regulations in their own institution at that time and any Faculty requirements. All resources can, and indeed should, be tailored to meet the requirements of individual programmes. The Careers and Employability Service can provide advice and guidance.
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