Quality assurance and enhancement of UCD collaborative provision is an integral part of the UCD Quality Framework.  This includes Annual Monitoring of Collaborative / Transnational Taught Programme Links and Periodic Quality Review of Taught Collaborative / Transnational Programme Arrangements.

All associated guidelines, reports and publications relating to collaborative provision may be accessed via the relevant links below.

Under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Act, 2012 (2012 Act) a 'Designated Awarding Body' (DAB) is defined as a previously established university, the National University of Ireland (NUI), an educational institution established as a university under Section 9 of the Universities Act 1997, the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

'Linked Provider' under the 2012 Act, is a provider that is not a DAB but enters into an arrangement with a DAB under which arrangement the provider provides a programme of education and training that satisfies all or part of the prerequisites for an award of the DAB, e.g. a UCD Recognised College.

Under the 2012 Act each DAB has three core responsibilities concerning a Linked Provider:

    1. To review and approve the Linked Provider Quality Assurance Framework;
    2. To monitor the implementation of the Linked Provider Quality Assurance Framework;
    3. To periodically review the effectiveness of the Linked Provider Quality Assurance Framework.

UCD is the DAB for the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and the Institute of Banking (IoB)

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (formerly Penang Medical College) is Malaysia’s first accredited private medical school, owned and established by the RCSI and UCD.

Further relevant information is available at: