Role and responsibilities of external examiners at DMU
External examiners act as independent and impartial advisers, providing informed comment on the standards set and student achievement in relation to those standards. They ensure that awards granted by the university are comparable in standard to those of other higher education institutions, that national subject threshold standards are complied with, and that the treatment of students is equitable and fair.
External examiners are specifically required to scrutinise and advise on the following:
- Curriculum development and design: the currency, relevance and coherence of curricular material
- Standards: that learning materials and learning outcomes are appropriate to curricula and that students are able to achieve standards comparable with those elsewhere and comparable to subject and level threshold requirements
- Assessment: that assessment aims and objectives are appropriate, the purposes and philosophy of assessment are clearly articulated and understood, that the load of assessment is appropriate and assessment is properly and impartially conducted
Please see the guide to external examining at DMU for detailed information on the role and responsibilities of external examiners in relation to: participation in assessment; scheme and regulations; specific functions; meeting with students; and submitting written reports. Training and support is available to assist with undertaking the role and responsibilities of an external examiner at DMU.
For more information, please contact Louise Newell.