The Expectation of Chapter B7 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (external website) is:
Higher education providers make scrupulous use of external examiners
In order to assist external examiners, staff, students, and other stakeholders, understand the role of the external examiner at the University of Bradford, and how the above Expectation is met, the University has produced a separate University Guide to External Examining for Taught Programmes, which is updated annually.
The Guide provides information about standardised practice which ensures consistency and institutional oversight, and specifically information on procedures, signposts to relevant ordinances, regulations, and polices, outlines the role of the external examiners and describes the support available to external examiners in the execution of their role.
External examiners are a key means of ensuring that:
- The academic standard for each award and its component part is set and maintained by the University at the appropriate level and that student performance is properly judged against this;
- The assessment process measures student achievement appropriately against the intended outcomes of the programme, and is rigorous, fairly operated and in line with the institution’s policies and regulations;
- The University is able to compare the standards of its awards with those of other degree awarding bodies and against the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (external website), and other appropriate external reference points.
The University Guide to External Examining for Taught Programmes is also available in hard copy from the Academic Quality and Partnerships Office.