For further details about the process of external examination, please see the link to Chapter B7: External Examiners of the QAA UK Quality Code.
External advisers may be appointed to assist external examiners in certain cases, for example short courses or language awards. New, relatively inexperienced external examiners are normally mentored in the first year of their role.
The role of external examiners is to assure the quality of students' learning experiences and ensure that they are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and to all students across the University and nationally.
External examiner/adviser reports are an integral part of the University's quality assurance processes. They form part of the requirements for annual review and in all cases scheme/course teams must demonstrate how they have responded to the views and comments made by external examiners/advisers.
The University has been granted a Licence Agreement by Edexcel and thus offers a range of Edexcel awards, under which responsibility for quality is delegated to the University. The University itself appoints and remunerates external examiners responsible for Edexcel awards.
You are advised to review the 'Guidelines for the Completion of Proposal Forms' document before seeking to appoint an external examiner/advisor/mentor.