The role of an External Examiner is primarily one of quality assurance - that is quality-checking the marking of exams at the University of Portsmouth. External Examiners are appointed by the Quality Assurance Committee and their specific role is to:

  • ensure that lecturers' marking is consistent and fair
  • provide impartial and independent advice to the University
  • provide informative comment on the University's standards

They also ensure that:

  • students are assessed fairly
  • learning outcomes of the units are appropriately demonstrated
  • standards are maintained at a unit level which is comparable with assessments undertaken elsewhere in the UK.

ASQP and external examiners

The Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships (ASQP) team manages the hiring and administration of external examiners. More specifically, they:

  • ensure that all nominations comply with the University's regulations for the appointment of external examiners
  • send out appointment letters and contracts to new recruits
  • hold a central record of all external examiners
  • deal with resignations
  • record receipt of and copies external examiner reports and chases outstanding reports
  • organise the induction conference for new external examiners

The University's individual academic departments liaise with external examiners about academic matters, exam boards, expenses and fees.

Information for external examiners

Here's some essential information for newly appointed external examiners:


If you're a new external examiner, you'll be invited to an induction seminar. Here, you can find out about the regulations and procedures of the UoP, as well as meeting University staff and other external examiners. Your Department or School may also invite you to an induction session.

Attend an induction seminar

We hold induction seminars every year around Easter and in early September. If you're eligible to attend, we'll send you details of the next seminar. If you're not due to receive an invitation, but would like to attend one of these seminars, or if you'd like more details about induction, please email

Online induction

If you're unable to attend an induction event, you can get inducted online. The online induction runs on Moodle, the University’s VLE software. We invite all currently-appointed external examiners to access this. If you've not received an invitation and need access to the online induction course, please email

Online Q&A sessions

During 2019/20 we'll be running several online group chats for our external examiners to support them at key points during the year:

Date Session
12 February 2020 Mid year/Teaching Block 1 Q&A
22 April 2020 22 April 2020 Supplementary to Induction Event Q&A
17 June 2020 Pre-Board event

We'll let you know how to access the online events nearer the time.

Contact details

For all academic queries please contact your Department or School contact - as stated on your appointment letter.

For all administrative queries call +44 (0)23 9284 3425 or email

For all fees or expenses queries, contact your Faculty office below:

Faculty Phone Email Address
Faculty of Business and Law +44 (0)23 9284 6970

Richmond Building
Portland Street
Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries +44 (0)23 9284 4477 Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences +44 (0)23 9284 2992 Park Building
King Henry I Street
Faculty of Science +44 (0)23 9284 2994 St. Michael's Building
White Swan Road
Faculty of Technology +44 (0)23 9284 2011 Portland Building
Portland Street

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