Swansea University

14. Constitution of the Examining Board

This section should be read in conjunction with the University’s Guide to the Examination of Research Students.

14.1

All Examining Boards for candidates shall consist of the following individuals:

  1. An independent Chair, who will be the Head of College or a member of staff with appropriate experience nominated by the Head of College. The Chair of the Examining Board is required to chair the oral examination and any meeting of the examiners;
  2. An external examiner or examiners appointed in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Examination of Research Students;
  3. An internal examiner appointed in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Examination of Research Students.

14.2

The Chair of the Examining Board shall be independent in the examining process and shall be responsible to the Progression and Awards Board for the conduct of the examination.

14.3

The candidate’s supervisors or any member of staff involved in the supervision of the candidate, shall not be permitted to be part of the Examining Board, but may be invited by the Chair of the Examining Board, with the express prior written permission of the candidate, to attend the oral examination in an advisory role. An adviser may speak only when invited to do so by the Chair.

14.4

In the case of a candidate who is a member of staff of the University at the time of the examination, the Examining Board shall consist of the following individuals:

  • A Chair, as described in paragraph 14.1 a) above;
  • Two external examiners appointed in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Examination of Research Students.

14.5

The Chair of the Examining Board shall be responsible for ensuring that the internal examiner(s) and the external examiner(s) receive copies of the thesis to be examined as well as any other relevant documents as set out in the University’s Guide to the Examination of Research Students.

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