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.
- Report Fee Claims
- Expense Claims
- Change of Circumstance Notifications
You can find the External Examiners Resource page (including induction details and useful forms) from the drop-down above, or by clicking here
Click the link for: External Examiners Terms of Reference and Membership
Officer: Chloe Bowman