Role of the External Examiner

The University’s external examining policy - which is based on the expectations of the 2013 UK Quality Code for Higher Education – outlines the role of the external examiner as being to comment and advise on:

  • whether the University is maintaining the threshold academic standards set for its awards, in accordance with the frameworks for higher education qualifications and applicable subject benchmark statements;
  • whether the assessment process measures student achievement rigorously and fairly against the intended learning outcomes of the programme/s and is conducted in accordance with the University’s policies and regulations;
  • the comparability of the academic achievement of students with those in other higher education providers;
  • good practice and innovation relating to learning, teaching and assessment;
  • potential opportunities to enhance the quality of learning opportunities offered to students.

Induction and information

Your Programme Lead or Subject Coordinator should provide you with an introduction to the programme you are examining, and contextual information about the Department/School, or partner organisation, in which it is being delivered. They should also provide you with information about the management of the programme, and ensure that you have all the information you require to enable you to carry out your duties. 


The main purpose of external examiners’ reports is to provide evidence of:

  • the comparability of the standards of Brookes awards, measured against national expectations;
  • the fairness and rigour of assessment practices;

and also

  • to promote enhancement of Brookes’ provision, by identifying strengths and weaknesses and making suggestions for improvement.

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