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Through its Royal Charter, The Open University (OU) is able to validate the programmes of institutions that do not have their own degree awarding powers, or alternatively that wish to offer OU awards. This activity is managed by Open University Validation Partnerships (OUVP). Please use the links to the right for more information about institutional approval and programme validation by The OU. 

Validating PhD Programmes.This activity is managed by the Graduate School through the Affiliated Research Centres Programme. The OU's Affiliated Research Centre (ARC) programme enables leading research institutes, who do not have their own degree awarding powers, to provide doctoral training with our support. Please take a look at the ARC leaflet, enquiry form and information for enquirers (next steps) and visit the ARC website for more information.