Role of the External Examiner

External Examiners play a central role in the maintenance of the standards of the University’s awards and the currency of the curriculum.  They perform this role through:

  • Approval of assessment tasks and examination papers.
  • Discussions with relevant academic staff.
  • Review of samples of student work on modules within the subject or programme.
  • Endorsement of marks to confirm that the marks are an agreed, fully moderated and externally examined set of results including Foundation Degrees and Higher Nationals.
  • Submission of annual reports.
  • Attendance at appropriate boards of examiners.
  • Agreement to programme modifications.

External Examiners are NOT responsible for:

  • The assessment of individual students.
  • Encouragement to raise or lower marks for individual students.
  • Individual cases relating to mitigating circumstances or academic integrity.
  • Acting as final arbiter for the award of marks/grades.
  • Communicating directly with individual students.

External Examiner Administration

Secretariat staff (linked below) support External Examiners in the following areas:

  • Issuing of Appointment Agreements.
  • Administering External Examiner Annual Reports.
  • Processing:
    • Report Fee Claims
    • Expense Claims
    • Change of Circumstance Notifications

Chloe Bowman

You can find the External Examiners Resource page (including induction details and useful forms) from the drop-down above, or by clicking here

External Examiners Committee

Click the link for: External Examiners Terms of Reference and Membership

Officer: Chloe Bowman

Committee Portal Page (members only access)