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Your Role

Your role as an External Examiner

The functions of an external examiner are:

  • to verify that academic standards are appropriate for the award, or part thereof, which s/he has been appointed to examine;
  • to ensure national comparability of academic standards;
  • to ensure that the assessment process is rigorous, fair and fairly operated, in line with the University’s policies and regulations.

The University expects external examiners:

  • to become familiar with the University’s policies, procedures, programme and/or module specifications, procedures and functions of Module and Programme Boards of Examiners and assessment schedule, as provided by the University;
  • to comment and give advice on programme and/or module content, coherence, currency, balance, structure and assessment procedures;
  • to provide feedback on assessment briefs/exam papers through the verification process before they are issued to students and to monitor the availability of any necessary marking schemes and model answers;
  • to moderate samples of student work and check that the University’s moderation process is followed;
  • to attend ephemeral assessments as necessary;
  • to assist in assuring equivalence of standards and examining procedures between the University and its affiliated institutions for the University's awards;
  • be prepared to offer comment (where appropriate) on new or revised articulation agreements with partner institutions;
  • to attend relevant Module/Programme Boards;
  • to sign the record of awards from the Programme Board meeting(s) attended to endorse the assessment outcomes and signal that assessment processes have been carried out in accordance with the University’s policies and regulations;
  • to submit a written report annually by the published deadline;
  • to ensure that the assessment process is rigorous, fair and fairly operated, in line with the University’s policies and regulations.

Please note that the role of an external examiner does not permit:

  • negotiating changes to individual student marks.