The role of an External Examiner is to ensure that awards granted are comparable in standard to those of other higher education institutions, that national subject threshold standards are complied with, and the treatment of students is equitable and consistent. External Examiners are independent and impartial advisers, providing informative comment on standards and quality and student achievement in relation to those standards. This is achieved by sampling students’ work and reporting on the operation of procedures and processes. Specific responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure assessment information is clearly articulated and understood by students 

  • Confirm the assessment process is appropriate, fair, consistent and in line with policies and procedures

  • Ensure the aims, objectives and learning outcomes are appropriate and comparable to threshold requirements

  • Confirm standards and student performance are comparable with that of other institutions

  • Confirm the currency, relevance and coherence of the curriculum

  • Report on academic standards and quality and highlight good practice and innovation 

Academic Standards, Quality and Partnership (ASQP)

The Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships (ASQP) team manages the External Examiner appointment process and maintains relevant records. Responsibilities include:

  • ensuring proposals comply with the University's regulations and procedures

  • maintaining and managing central records

  • managing the receipt and dissemination of external examiner reports

  • Organising and delivering induction events

The University's academic departments liaise with external examiners regarding academic matters and remuneration.

Induction seminars

ASQP design and deliver External Examiner Induction Seminars annually which provides information on roles, responsibilities, regulations and procedures. The event also offers the opportunity to meet with other external examiners as well as academic colleagues. External Examiners may also be invited to attend an induction event with the relevant academic department/school.

For those who are unable to attend an Induction Seminar there is an online version on Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. All External Examiners will be able to access Moodle once the Induction Seminar invitations are sent. 

Online drop-in sessions

ASQP also hold a number online drop in sessions to support external examiners at key points during the year. 

Contact details

  • Academic queries: The departmental/school contact, details of which are in the appointment documentation
  • Remuneration: Faculty office (see below)
  • Administrative queries:
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 and Health +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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