Due Diligence Panel

Committee description

Secretary: Gill Murphy, Email: gmurphy@liverpool.ac.uk

Terms of Reference

a)         To undertake an initial strategic assessment of all new collaborative partners for teaching and postgraduate research collaborative arrangements which lead to the awarding of academic credit or an award of the University: assessing strategic fit in the context of the University’s Strategic Plan.

b)         To assess due diligence information in relation to institutionally significant project proposals.

c)         To evaluate the likely legal, financial, reputational, regulatory, safety, quality and other significant risks arising from project plans and identify controls where appropriate.

d)         To make recommendations for approval/non-approval of appropriate partners and Research projects identified as high risk to the Formal Senior Leadership Team.

e)         To make recommendations for types of approval activity in accordance with the University’s Taxonomy of Collaborative Arrangements.

f)          To agree a response where appropriate to any initial enquiries received by the University for partnership proposals.

g)         To reconsider due diligence information in light of change of refined project plans, ownership of partner organisations and/or other material change.

h)         To consider the approval of requests for institutional level Memoranda of Understanding.

i)          To note the following partnership arrangements

  • Partnerships with providers who have followed the Research Council’s due diligence process
  • Partnerships with a professional, statutory and regulatory body

j)             To consider the Renewal of Existing Partnerships / Partnership Arrangements

k)            To note the approval of new industry partners by XJTLU, and receive the approval paperwork.

l)             To note the development of Degree Apprenticeships with existing partners or proposed partners who have undergone due diligence through the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  The Panel will determine the due diligence requirements for smaller scale organisations on a case by case basis.

Reporting Relationship

The Due Diligence Panel will recommend approvals/non-approvals to the Formal Senior Leadership Team and report to the Collaborative Provision Committee/Research and Impact Committee as appropriate.

Frequency of Meetings

The Due Diligence Panel meets as required.


The quorum for meetings of the Due Diligence Panel shall be one half of the membership, including at least one academic representative.

Members or key people

Chair (or alternate designated by the Chair)

Professor A Hollander

Academic representative from Humanities & Social Sciences*

Professor T McNulty

Academic representative from Health and Life Sciences*  

Dr C Cornforth

Academic representative from Science and Engineering*

Professor D Mair

(Professor P North)

The Head of Academic Quality

T Barker

The Head of International Development

C Bateman

The Director of Legal and Compliance

D McVey

(nominee for K Ryan)

The Director of Finance (or nominee)

R Bickerstaff

Associate Director of International Recruitment, Relations & Study Abroad Team

D Stephenson

Director of Student Experience and Enhancement

Dr P Redmond

Representative from the Liverpool Guild of Students

F Thomas

Assistant Director, Research, Partnership’s and Innovation

L Keig

Representative from Strategic Planning

A Rees / P Hopwood

*Alternates to be nominated by the Faculty EPVC

Meeting dates

  • 6 October 2022, 2.00 pm
  • 3 November 2022, 10.00 am
  • 8 December 2022, 10.00 am
  • 13 January 2023, 10.00 am
  • 8 February 2023, 10.00 am
  • 2 March 2023, 10.00 am
  • 4 April 2023, 2.00 pm
  • 16 May 2023, 10.00 am
  • 6 June 2023, 10.00 am
  • 4 July 2023, 10.00 am

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.