Principles governing the role of the award and module External Examiners:
- Every taught award of the University shall have an award External Examiner.
- All modules that contribute to an award must be allocated to an External Examiner. Responsibility for individual modules must not be allocated to more than one external, but an award External may have overarching responsibility for this module as part of an award.
- If it is deemed the case that more than one specialist area is covered in a module and it would be therefore be appropriate to have more than one External Examiner, permission to appoint additional external examiners to match the areas of specialism can be sought from the Executive Dean or nominee.
- Any one award should not have more than one award External Examiner. In the case of Joint or Multi-disciplinary awards one award external should be appointed from the lead department and at least one module External should be appointed from the other department(s). Exceptions to these principles may be made in special circumstances with the approval of the Executive Dean or nominee, in discussion with the PVC (Education).
- An award External is appointed to a degree course (or group of cognate degree courses) and any associated sub-degree awards and shall also be responsible for a reasonable proportion of the modules which comprise that award.
- The department will arrange for liaison between the award External Examiner and the external(s) responsible for the relevant modules that they have not had responsibility for, in order that the award External Examiner may be assured that there are no areas of concern which might affect the overall quality and standard of the award. For awards where this is not possible (e.g. Areas awards) the External will have the right to see a sample of work for the purposes of duties stated in 1a and 1b (see below).
- External Examiners shall normally be appointed for a period of up to four years by the relevant Executive Dean or nominee, under powers delegated by the Council, receiving nominations from the departments or partner institutions concerned. Exceptionally, an extension of one year may be granted to ensure continuity. Appointments may be terminated with two months' notice by either party except in the case of breach of contract, or where a conflict of interest comes to light, when a contract may be terminated immediately following completion of the termination procedures. External Examiners for taught awards may not be re-appointed for another taught award by the University within five years.
- Factors affecting the number and range of External Examiner appointments in a department include:
- workload - quantity of assessed material being examined
- academic diversity of the provision
- capacity of individuals to make competent judgements against external reference points, e.g. Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
- PSRB requirements
- joint and multi-disciplinary courses
- diversity of assessments, electronic delivery, performances/presentations, work-based learning