UK higher education providers are individually responsible for the academic standards of their awards. External examining is one of the principal means by which Edge Hill and other universities maintain standards through a process of expert peer review. External examiners are appointed with care to ensure they have appropriate knowledge and experience in their academic discipline and have no previous associations with the University that might compromise their independent judgement. External examiners produce annual reports to confirm that the University’s programmes remain consistent with nationally-defined standards for the level and subject of the degrees they are examining. Further information about the external examiner role can be found in the attached Quality Management Handbook Chapter 2 [PDF] and associated presentation, and more detailed guidance on the appointment, induction and duties of external examiners is provided HERE.
Edge Hill staff who are interested in becoming external examiners for other institutions receive the following advice and support:
- Presentation ‘So You Want To Be An External Examiner’ 02-10-18
- ‘A Handbook for External Examining’ (The Higher Education Academy, 2012) [PDF].
Faculties produce annual summaries of external examiner reports for which the following template form is provided: