External Examiners shall be bound by the academic and assessment regulations of the University. These are published in the University’s Academic Guide.
External Examiners shall offer advice and comments regarding the standards of the cohort and the assessment process. The External Examiner shall have equal power with internal members of the Examining Board and may not override the collective view of the Board. Where the External Examiner is dissatisfied with decisions taken by the Board or is in disagreement regarding issues of standards on taught modules, the views of the External Examiner shall be noted in the minutes of the College/School Examining Board and in the External Examiners’ report. These comments can be conveyed to the institution by means of his/her annual report and/or by separate correspondence to the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic).
The External Examiner may appeal, in exceptional circumstances, to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or another Pro-Vice-Chancellor (where the PVC Student Experience is unavailable or is in conflict of interest). The decision of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor shall be final.
When the decision of an External Examiner considering a dissertation submitted for a Master’s degree by Examination and Dissertation gives rise to a case of dispute between the External Examiner(s) and internal examiners it is within the power of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) to decide on the matter, at his/her discretion, or to appoint another External Examiner to provide an independent opinion. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) may take into account any written reports submitted by members of the Examining Board.
In choosing a second External Examiner the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) may also take into account, but need not be bound by, the nomination (if any) of an Examining Board for a second External Examiner. A decision on whether or not to reconvene the Examining Board shall be at the discretion of this second External Examiner whose decision on this matter shall be final.