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The UCLan Partnership Network

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was the first in the sector to franchise Higher Education courses to Further Education Colleges with a view to widening access to higher education. The network was established in 1985 and as such has celebrated over 29 years of Partnership activity.

The UCLan Partnership was originally based within the North West Region, whilst this remains the focus for the majority of the business, the number of Partner Institutions and the diversity of the Partnership has grown in recent years. To date the UCLan Partnership is one of the largest networks in the Country, in terms of the number of students and the number of Partner Institutions.

The UCLan Partnership currently stands at 30 Partner Institutions (25 are FECs and 5 are Non FECs i.e Training Providers and Employer Based Partnerships).

The UCLan Partnership Network operates under a devolved model, with a small central team, who coordinate the partnership strategy and work proactively to build and maintain positive relationships across the network. The Partnership team are responsible for the delivery of core Partnership business such as the Academic Cycle (i.e Academic Development Plan), Strategic Planning (i.e Course Planning and Development) and also for Developmental Activities (for example marketing & promotional activity with students). Within the wider University, partnership operations and processes are embedded within functional services and Schools.

Within recent years the number of UCLan students based in the Partner Institutions has been in the region of 5,000 per year, with modest growth. More recently, the UCLan Partnership has grown significantly in terms of the number of Partner Institutions and in terms of student numbers which are also increasing year on year.
Over 200 UCLan HE programmes operate within the network each year, many of the UCLan students based in the Partnership Network each year, study the early years of their course in their college on programmes franchised from the University; the remainder study on courses developed jointly by the University and the partners.

Students in the UCLan Partnership Network are University students and have a closely comparable experience as those studying at the University campus. College-based courses are governed by the same entry requirements and course regulations and students have the same rights of progression within their course. Students have access to a wide range of UCLan facilities and services; both at the University campus itself and also remotely via their partner institution.

The Partnership Development Team

Jean Hall

Partnership Development Manager

01772 (89)4414
jchall@uclan.ac.uk
Foster Building Room 104
Weekly working pattern: Monday - Thursday

Responsibilities: The Partnership Development Manager is responsible for managing the implementation of the University’s strategy for F/HE partnership and for contributing to the further development of the strategy. The role includes leading, developing and managing plans for building and maintaining positive relationships with partner FE colleges, in line with the University’s strategy. Contact Jean for higher level strategic issues relating to Partnership.

Jo Owens-Crook

Principal Officer - Partnership Development

01772 (89)4108
jowens-crook@uclan.ac.uk
Foster Building Room 104
Weekly working pattern: Tuesday – Friday

Responsibilities: The Principal Partnership Officer: Partnership contributes to the management and administration of the University’s regional partnership network and will carry out projects in collaboration with partners (primarily FE Colleges) to raise levels of participation in the region. Contact Jo for issues relating to agreements, marketing, recruitment, college visits and promotional activities.

Helen Hesketh-Roberts

Senior Officer - Partnership

01772 (89)4448
hhesketh-roberts@uclan.ac.uk
Foster Building Room 104
Weekly working pattern: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Responsibilities: The Senior Partnership Officer : Partnership contributes to the management and administration of the University’s regional partnership network and will carry out projects in collaboration with partners to raise levels of participation in the region.

Jenny Rigby

Officer - Partnership Development

01772 (89)4416
jerigby@uclan.ac.uk
Chandler Building 1st Floor
Weekly working pattern: Monday – Friday

Responsibilities: The Partnership Officer contributes to the marketing & promotional activity of the University’s regional partnership network and will carry out projects in collaboration with partners to raise levels of participation in the region. The Officer also deals with the administration of the Annual Monitoring Process Course Planning and the Student Recruitment Targets (SRT). Contact Jenny for issues relating to recruitment, the Partnership website, Annual Monitoring, Course Planning and the SRT.

Rachel Frampton

Officer - Partnership Development

01772 (89)4417
rcframpton@uclan.ac.uk
Chandler Building 1st Floor
Weekly working pattern: Monday - Friday

Responsibilities: The Partnership Development Officer provides high quality administration to the Partnership Development team, which is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering activity within the framework of the University’s F/HE Strategy.