The role of the External Examiner in contributing to the management of standards and quality is important, failure to fulfil this role needs to be addressed promptly. In such instances where a contract must thus be terminated, this does not have to wait until the end of an academic year.
A contract with an External Examiner will be terminated in the following circumstances:
An External Examiner will be considered to be in breach of their contract when:
Termination of a contract may be triggered by the department notifying Quality and Academic Development (QUAD) or in respect of (1) above, by QUAD alerting the department.
The procedure for early termination of an External Examiner’s contract in the case of breach of contract is as follows.
In the case of (1):
In the case of (2) and (3):
The procedure in the case of a new conflict of interest, or existing conflict of interest coming to light, during the term of office which prohibits the External from carrying out the full range of their duties is as follows.
Where the conflict of interest is brought to the notice of or identified by, the department or by QUAD, the External Examiner will be notified of the conflict and asked for comment by a given date by the department. After this date, the department will notify the Executive Dean or nominee and QUAD of the outcome and any appropriate action required.