External examining provides one of the principal means for the maintenance of nationally comparable standards within autonomous higher education institutions. External examiners act as independent and impartial advisors, providing informed comment on the standards set and student achievement in relation to those standards. External examining is therefore an integral and very important part of institutional quality assurance.
No postgraduate award, degree or intermediate award of De Montfort University (DMU) shall be awarded without at least one external examiner participating in the assessment process. External examiners are appointed to serve on assessment boards with responsibility for programmes, covering the full range of duties for which the board is responsible. External examiners are also appointed to cover provision validated by the university but arranged and offered by collaborative partners.
This section is concerned with the role the Department of Academic Quality (DAQ) undertakes in the central management of external examining at DMU – it is not intended to cover the role at other HEIs. The information provided relates to all taught provision, including undergraduate, postgraduate, masters by independent study, and Pearson (previously EdExcel). Separate guidance for external examiners of research provision is available from the Doctoral College.
For further information regarding external examining at DMU, please contact Louise Newell.
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The guide to external examining at DMU is the primary tool for both DMU staff and external examiners of the university. Key information from this guide is presented in this section (via the left hand side navigation menu). There is also a quick start guide to external examining available for reference.