Award/Progression External Examiners for all undergraduate, Edexcel and postgraduate courses are required to:
a) Attend the final External Award/Progression Assessment Boards, normally held in June/July for undergraduate courses, but often held at other times for postgraduate courses. External Examiners may be invited to attend Resit Boards.
b) Sign the Award Approval Form (Form AU1) issued at the meeting of the Board. By signing the Approval Form, External Examiners are indicating that
- Due process has been followed by the Award/Progression Board in arriving at its decisions;
- They are able to confirm that the academic standards of the award achieved by students are comparable with student achievement on similar provision with which they are familiar, and
- The standards are consistent with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, including the Foundation Degree Qualification Benchmark; and, if appropriate, professional body standards.
c) In the unlikely event that an External Examiner is not able to endorse the recommendations of the Board, the matter, together with all relevant documentation, should be referred to the chair of Academic Board for resolution.
d) Submit an Annual Report within four weeks of the final External Assessment/Progression Board meeting of each academic year.
e) Make a statement in the Annual Report that processes adopted by the University assure consistent and fair treatment of all students
f) Confirm the integrity and equity of the process of conferring awards on the basis of:
- The consistency of the application of the award regulations for classification
- The range of classifications awarded
- Success and compensation rates
- The variations between grade distributions awarded by subjects contributing to the award where appropriate
- Progression rates
- The fair treatment of all students
- Comparing performance across different awards
- Be consulted about modifications to courses.
Externals may also:
g) be asked to consider Level 3, 4 and 5 statistical data for the awards for which they are responsible. For qualifications, such as Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas, to which Level 4 credits contribute to the final award, External Examiners will be required to exercise the level of scrutiny normally associated with credits at Level 5 or above.
h) be associated with Award decisions on RPL. Award/Progression External Examiners may be asked to receive and comment on samples of processed applications for RPL. Comments must be recorded in the RPL section of the External Examiner Report.