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Introduction

The University has, by definition, the power to grant degrees, and as such it is responsible for the standards of awards made in its name. In order to assist it to discharge that responsibility, it appoints external examiners who have professional expertise and experience in designated areas of study which enable them to offer informed, independent, and impartial judgements about the appropriateness and comparability of the standards of awards.

The main purpose of the external examiner system is to ensure that:

  • Degrees awarded by the University meet or exceed the academic standards specified in external points of reference such as the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, Subject Benchmark Statements, the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (which is used to assure the standards and quality of Higher Education in the UK). 
  • The academic standards of the University's awards are consistent with those in comparable Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  • The assessment system is fair and is fairly operated in the awarding and classification of degrees.

External Examiners also provide advice to academic teams on the content, balance and structure of programmes, on developments in assessment and other processes and are also asked to comment on matters such as proposed major modifications to programmes and Study Abroad provision.

The observations provided by External Examiners in their Annual Report, together with suggestions for enhancement, form a key part of the University's monitoring and improvement activities. External Examiner’s annual reports are, for example, disseminated and discussed within subject teams and more widely across the University as well as being shared with students at Staff/Student Committees and, where appropriate, with our collaborative partners.

If you are a student, details about the External Examiner for your programmes will be in your Student Handbook. The reports from the External Examiner, together with responses to the reports by subject teams, are on Moodle. 

If you are an External Examiner, may I extend my thanks to you for the significant contribution that you make to the University. All of our externals play a vital role in securing the academic standards of the University and in enhancing our learning, teaching and assessment activities. Please do let us know if you require any additional information or assistance to support you in carrying out your duties. 

Information from our update event can be found in the External Examiner Update Event April 2016 Slide Set ‌. 

 

0170 Prof Kenneth Newport

The Revd Professor Kenneth Newport

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Dean of Education

Handbook

The University's Handbook on External Examining was re-issued in 2013-14 to take into account developments in the design and delivery of Hope's undergraduate programmes as well as wider changes across the sector. It was subsequently refreshed in March 2016.

The Handbook provides an overview of Hope’s framework for External Examiners, as well as containing additional information and guidance for those who are appointed as External Examiners to both undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.

 Handbook on External Examining (May 2016)

Templates & Forms

External Examiners Report Form 1516

Faculty External Examiners Report Form 1516

HoD Response to EE Report Template 1516

 

Claiming Fees

Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator / FEO to obtain the appropriate form to claim your fees and expenses, and return it to the designated officer for the Faculty to which you are attached. 

 

Useful Forms for Liverpool Hope Staff

Nomination of an External Examiner (EXN1) Form

‌Please note that in line with Home Office regulations all new External Examiners will need to submit documentation to prove their right to work in the UK. For more information, please see UKBA EE requirements

Application to extend the appointment of an External Examiner (EXN2 form)

 

Events and Links

External Examiner Update Event April 2016 Slide Set

Revised operating Model for Quality Assessment - HEFCE

This document builds on the responses to the consultation on future approaches to assessing the quality of education in publicly funded universities and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It sets out the operating model for the core quality assessment approach to be implemented in England and Northern Ireland from 2017-18, the transition arrangements during 2016-17 to support such implementation, and plans for a range of pilot activities during 2016-17. The role of external examining and the training fo external examiners is discussed. 

 

QAA UK Quality Code

The University’s policies and procedures with respect to external examining have been informed by Chapter B7 of the UK Quality Code on External Examining UK Quality Code for Higher Education  

Subject Benchmarks

External examiners are asked to carry out their duties with reference to the relevant QAA subject benchmarks. Such benchmarks are available for virtually all undergraduate programmes, and for a smaller number of taught postgraduate programmes

Qualification Descriptors

The University’s qualification descriptors are aligned to those contained in the QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Other Resources

HEA Resources for External Examiners 

HEA External Examiners Handbook

QAA Concerns Scheme

 

University Information and Guidance 

Learning, Teaching & Assessment Strategy

Enhancement Strategy

Assessment Regulation and Guidance 

How to get to the University 

Faculty Examiners

In addition to the appointment of External Examiner at Major/Programme level, each Faculty must appoint experienced External Examiner/s to the role of Faculty External Examiner.

The position of Faculty External Examiner is a 3 year (maximum) appointment. When making an appointment, candidates should be either an existing External Examiner in the last year of their appointment or an External Examiner who has just completed their term of office. 

It is the role of the Faculty External Examiner to:

  • ensure that Progression and Award Boards apply procedures for determining students’ entitlement to progress to the next stage of their course, or to receive an award, in an appropriate, consistent and fair manner, and in line with the University’s regulations and conventions;
  • identify, and draw to the attention of the relevant Dean, any common issues, concerns, and good practices in the reports of External Examiners in the Faculty for which they are responsible;
  • where appropriate, act as mentor for new or less experienced External Examiners.

In order to carry out their role, the Faculty External Examiners, each year:

  • attend at least one meeting of a Progression and Award Board for their Faculty, together with any meetings of other Progression and Award Boards as allocated by the Registrar; 
  • consider the  External Examiner reports for all undergraduate and postgraduate provision in their Faculty; 
  • submit a written report in September of each year based on the two activities listed above; 
  • attend the annual External Examiners event and be available to support new examiners.

Faculty External Examiners Report Form 1516

 

Introduction

The University has, by definition, the power to grant degrees, and as such it is responsible for the standards of awards made in its name. In order to assist it to discharge that responsibility, it appoints external examiners who have professional expertise and experience in designated areas of study which enable them to offer informed, independent, and impartial judgements about the appropriateness and comparability of the standards of awards.

The main purpose of the external examiner system is to ensure that:

  • Degrees awarded by the University meet or exceed the academic standards specified in external points of reference such as the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, Subject Benchmark Statements, the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (which is used to assure the standards and quality of Higher Education in the UK). 
  • The academic standards of the University's awards are consistent with those in comparable Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  • The assessment system is fair and is fairly operated in the awarding and classification of degrees.

External Examiners also provide advice to academic teams on the content, balance and structure of programmes, on developments in assessment and other processes and are also asked to comment on matters such as proposed major modifications to programmes and Study Abroad provision.

The observations provided by External Examiners in their Annual Report, together with suggestions for enhancement, form a key part of the University's monitoring and improvement activities. External Examiner’s annual reports are, for example, disseminated and discussed within subject teams and more widely across the University as well as being shared with students at Staff/Student Committees and, where appropriate, with our collaborative partners.

If you are a student, details about the External Examiner for your programmes will be in your Student Handbook. The reports from the External Examiner, together with responses to the reports by subject teams, are on Moodle. 

If you are an External Examiner, may I extend my thanks to you for the significant contribution that you make to the University. All of our externals play a vital role in securing the academic standards of the University and in enhancing our learning, teaching and assessment activities. Please do let us know if you require any additional information or assistance to support you in carrying out your duties. 

Information from our update event can be found in the External Examiner Update Event April 2016 Slide Set ‌. 

 

0170 Prof Kenneth Newport

The Revd Professor Kenneth Newport

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Dean of Education

Handbook

The University's Handbook on External Examining was re-issued in 2013-14 to take into account developments in the design and delivery of Hope's undergraduate programmes as well as wider changes across the sector. It was subsequently refreshed in March 2016.

The Handbook provides an overview of Hope’s framework for External Examiners, as well as containing additional information and guidance for those who are appointed as External Examiners to both undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes.

 Handbook on External Examining (May 2016)

Templates & Forms

External Examiners Report Form 1516

Faculty External Examiners Report Form 1516

HoD Response to EE Report Template 1516

 

Claiming Fees

Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator / FEO to obtain the appropriate form to claim your fees and expenses, and return it to the designated officer for the Faculty to which you are attached. 

 

Useful Forms for Liverpool Hope Staff

Nomination of an External Examiner (EXN1) Form

‌Please note that in line with Home Office regulations all new External Examiners will need to submit documentation to prove their right to work in the UK. For more information, please see UKBA EE requirements

Application to extend the appointment of an External Examiner (EXN2 form)

 

Events and Links

External Examiner Update Event April 2016 Slide Set

Revised operating Model for Quality Assessment - HEFCE

This document builds on the responses to the consultation on future approaches to assessing the quality of education in publicly funded universities and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It sets out the operating model for the core quality assessment approach to be implemented in England and Northern Ireland from 2017-18, the transition arrangements during 2016-17 to support such implementation, and plans for a range of pilot activities during 2016-17. The role of external examining and the training fo external examiners is discussed. 

 

QAA UK Quality Code

The University’s policies and procedures with respect to external examining have been informed by Chapter B7 of the UK Quality Code on External Examining UK Quality Code for Higher Education  

Subject Benchmarks

External examiners are asked to carry out their duties with reference to the relevant QAA subject benchmarks. Such benchmarks are available for virtually all undergraduate programmes, and for a smaller number of taught postgraduate programmes

Qualification Descriptors

The University’s qualification descriptors are aligned to those contained in the QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Other Resources

HEA Resources for External Examiners 

HEA External Examiners Handbook

QAA Concerns Scheme

 

University Information and Guidance 

Learning, Teaching & Assessment Strategy

Enhancement Strategy

Assessment Regulation and Guidance 

How to get to the University 

Faculty Examiners

In addition to the appointment of External Examiner at Major/Programme level, each Faculty must appoint experienced External Examiner/s to the role of Faculty External Examiner.

The position of Faculty External Examiner is a 3 year (maximum) appointment. When making an appointment, candidates should be either an existing External Examiner in the last year of their appointment or an External Examiner who has just completed their term of office. 

It is the role of the Faculty External Examiner to:

  • ensure that Progression and Award Boards apply procedures for determining students’ entitlement to progress to the next stage of their course, or to receive an award, in an appropriate, consistent and fair manner, and in line with the University’s regulations and conventions;
  • identify, and draw to the attention of the relevant Dean, any common issues, concerns, and good practices in the reports of External Examiners in the Faculty for which they are responsible;
  • where appropriate, act as mentor for new or less experienced External Examiners.

In order to carry out their role, the Faculty External Examiners, each year:

  • attend at least one meeting of a Progression and Award Board for their Faculty, together with any meetings of other Progression and Award Boards as allocated by the Registrar; 
  • consider the  External Examiner reports for all undergraduate and postgraduate provision in their Faculty; 
  • submit a written report in September of each year based on the two activities listed above; 
  • attend the annual External Examiners event and be available to support new examiners.

Faculty External Examiners Report Form 1516