External Examiner reports make a key contribution to the enhancement of academic standards in the University. As such, reports should be full enough to aid Subject/Award teams to develop their provision. There is a standard University report template, which is available electronically from e:Vision, and it is expected detailed responses will be provided to all relevant questions. Comments need not be restricted to the topics specified in the template. However, it would be helpful if the team were made aware of any matters of concern that will be included in the report.
Comments made by External Examiners about the performance of a candidate in an examination may be viewed as personal data and therefore available to a student under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
The following reports will be expected:
- if an External is contracted to a Module Results Board only, then 1 report should be completed. This is the Module Results report;
- if an External is contracted to an Award/Progression Board only, then 1 report should be completed. This is the Award/Progression report;
- if an External is contracted to both a Module Results Board and an Award/Progression report, then 2 separate reports should be completed. These are both the Module Results and Award/Progression reports;
- if an External is contracted to accredited provision, then a separate Accreditation report should be completed.
If an External is required to comment on collaborative provision, then this can be accommodated within the reports without the requirement for a separate collaborative report being submitted.