The purpose of the external examiner system is to ensure that the:

  • University awards for taught programmes meet the minimum threshold standards defined by the appropriate UK  Frameworks  and  Subject  Benchmark  Statements
  • Assessment of students is fair and is conducted in line with University Regulations
  • Qualifications awarded in similar subjects are comparable in standard with those of other UK institutions with which the external examiner is familiar

In order to achieve these purposes, external examiners need to be able to:

  • Oversee the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Arbitrate or adjudicate on problem cases
  • Comment and give advice on course content, balance and structure, on certificate, diploma and degree schemes, and on assessment processes


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