External examiners are an essential part of the University's framework for quality assurance. All approved courses and pathways leading to an award of the University require an external examiner.
For further details about the process of external examination, please see the link to External Expertise Chapter of the QAA UK Quality Code.
External subject 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/subject adviser reports are an integral part of the University's quality assurance processes. They form part of the requirements for annual monitoring and review and in all cases course teams must demonstrate how they have responded to the views and comments made by external examiners/subject advisers.
The University has been granted a Licence Agreement by Pearson and thus offers a range of Pearson awards, under which responsibility for quality is delegated to the University. The University itself appoints and remunerates external examiners responsible for Pearson awards.
You are advised to review the 'Guidelines for the Completion of Proposal Forms' document before seeking to appoint an external examiner/subject advisor/mentor
Please note that reports must be submitted within 4 weeks of the Date of the Progression and Award Board
Ex Ex 2 Application for a Reallocation of Duties or Additional Duties for an Examiner or Subject Adviser
Ex Ex 3 Approval of a Mentor to Support an External Examiner/Subject Adviser
Ex Ex 4 Proposal for Upgrade to Chief Examiner
Ex Ex 5 Application for Approval of an Extension of Tenure for an External Examiner/Subject Adviser
Guidelines for the Completion of External Examiner Proposal Forms