Department of Student and Academic Administration

Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships

The role of External Examiners at the University of Portsmouth

The role of an External Examiner is primarily one of quality assurance, ensuring that procedures and processes allow students to gain an appropriate outcome from their studies, which is consistent with outcomes at other universities.

External Examiners achieve this by sampling and commenting on evidence from courses offered by the University, in the expectation that the University will act on their comments. External Examiners will not endorse or alter individual marks or the decisions of properly constituted Boards of Examiners or Unit Assessment Boards in relation to individual students.

The role of Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships in relation to External Examiners

Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships:

  • ensures that all nominations comply with the University's regulations for the appointment of external examiners;
  • sends out appointment letters and contract documentation once examiners have been appointed by Quality Assurance Committee;
  • holds a central record of all external examiners;
  • deals with resignations;
  • records receipt of and copies external examiner reports and chases any that are outstanding;
  • organises the induction conference for new external examiners.

Departments are responsible for liaison with external examiners on academic matters, including exam boards, and for dealing with external examiners' expenses and fees.

Information for external examiners

Information for University staff