What is an MoU?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), is an agreement between organisations. It is a not legally binding but it outlines how they will work together.

  • MoUs agree the aims, responsibilities, and expectations of each organisation involved
  • MoUs are not legal documents, they are a commitment to work together
  • MoUs are often the first step in a relationship between organisations and build the foundation for a future partnership
  • there is a difference between MoUs and contracts. Contracts are legally binding, but MoUs focus on collaboration


Why is an MoU important?

There are several benefits to formalising a partnership through an MOU, it provides:

  • clarity about what each organisation is going to do, what they are getting out, and timeframes
  • a chance to tell others about the partnership, the benefits, and who is contributing to it

It makes the partnership sustainable by providing:

  • a chance to include it into the organisational strategy
  • a chance to maintain the partnership with changes of staff
  • an opportunity to share responsibility, and stop individuals having increased workloads


Ofqual and IfATE working together

This Ofqual and IfATE Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by:

Jennifer Coupland. Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).

5 February 2024.

Sir Ian Bauckham. Chief Regulator of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

7 February 2024. 

This Memorandum of Understanding replaces a previous Memorandum of Understanding published in 2018.


Published 21 February 2024
Last updated 21 February 2024
(AM, NS)