Resources for External Examiners

The External Examiner system has long been the cornerstone of UK Higher Education quality assurance arrangements. It offers assurance that the standards of awards can be calibrated across institutions, as well as providing an external mechanism for monitoring fair practice in the assessment of student performance.

External Examiners assist Queen Margaret University in the discharge of its duty to ensure the quality and the standard of its courses. In particular they provide Queen Margaret University with informed and appropriate reference points for the comparison of academic standards, offer independent, objective and impartial judgements on a range of matters, and provide professional advice and expertise in the form of findings and reports which are given serious consideration.

Within this context, the External Examining System has three main purposes:

  • It assists Queen Margaret University in the comparison of academic standards across awards and modules;
  • It verifies that standards are appropriate for the award for which the Examiner takes responsibility;
  • It helps ensure that the assessment process is fair and fairly operated in the marking, grading and classification of student performance.

Each programme that leads to a full award of the University must have one or more External Examiners.

Specific information for External Examiners can be found in the Queen Margaret University External Examiners' Handbook

Regulations governing the External Examining System at QMU can be found in the Queen Margaret University Quality Assurance Handbook (External Examining section)

External Examiner related forms can be found in the Forms Library

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