Universities and other institutions with degree awarding powers are responsible for the quality of their educational programmes and the standard of the awards to which they lead. The external examiner system within UK higher education is one of the principal means for assuring the maintenance of threshold academic standards, and the quality of the evidence produced by external examiners is crucially dependent on their ‘externality’ and expertise. The external examiner should be an ‘independent witness’ who is not compromised by a prior association with the programme team, or by some reciprocal arrangement with their own department. External examiners should also be ‘expert witnesses’ whose authority is derived from their knowledge of the discipline and experience of assessment.
Edge Hill University’s external examiners are appointed in accordance with the criteria set out within the Quality Assurance Agency’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
Students are entitled to know the identity and current position of the external examiners appointed to their modules/programmes and awards
that students should not contact the external examiner for their programme directly and any queries or concerns about the programme or assessment process should be directed to staff within the University in the first instance.