Structure and governance
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.
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. The next sessions scheduled for this academic year are:
|22 April 2020||Supplementary to Induction Q&A event|
|17 June 2020||Pre-Board event|
We'll let you know how to access the online events nearer the time.
- Academic queries: The departmental/school contact, details of which are in the appointment documentation
- Remuneration: Faculty office (see below)
- Administrative queries: email@example.com
|Faculty of Business and Law||+44 (0)23 9284 6970||Richmond Building
|Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries||+44 (0)23 9284 firstname.lastname@example.org||Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
|Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences||+44 (0)23 9284 email@example.com||Park Building
King Henry I Street
|Faculty of Science and Health||+44 (0)23 9284 firstname.lastname@example.org||St. Michael's Building
White Swan Road
|Faculty of Technology||+44 (0)23 9284 email@example.com||Portland Building