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Ordinance 6: University Examiners and examinations

6.1

Every examination for a Degree, Diploma or Certificate of the University of York shall be conducted by Boards of Examiners, one for each subject, or in the case of combined degrees, for each group of subjects. Each Board of Examiners shall appoint a Chair. The members of the Board shall be jointly responsible for the setting and marking of papers.

6.2

Every Board of Examiners shall consist of at least three members, at least one of whom shall not be a member of the academic and related staff of the University of York or of an institution offering programmes of study validated by the University of York. In the cases of programmes of study validated by the University but offered wholly by other institutions, the Board of Examiners may in addition include members of the academic staff of the institution concerned.

6.3

The quorum for a Board of Examiners is a minimum of three for undergraduate and taught postgraduate qualifications, at least one of whom must be an external and one an internal examiner.  For joint programmes, the quorum must also include at least one representative of each department involved in offering the joint programme.

6.4

The Internal Examiners of the University shall be appointed annually from the academic staff of the University on Senate's behalf by the Standing Committee on Assessment on the recommendation of the Boards of Studies.

6.5

The External Examiners of the University shall be appointed on Senate's behalf by the Standing Committee on Assessment on the recommendation of the Boards of Studies. In the case of first degrees, taught higher degrees and postgraduate diplomas or certificates, appointments shall be made for a period of up to four years which may be extended for a further year in exceptional circumstances. An examiner may not normally be appointed for a further period until an intervening period of at least five years has elapsed. Former members of the University may not normally be nominated for appointment unless a period of five or more years has elapsed since they left the University.

6.6

No candidate shall be admitted to any examination unless he/she has satisfied the requirements laid down in Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations or has been exempted from any special requirements by the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of Studies concerned and has paid the fees prescribed.

6.7

In the case of qualifying examinations, a list of names of candidates who have passed, arranged in alphabetical order, shall be prepared by the Board of Examiners concerned and signed by the Chair and an External Examiner, subject, where appropriate, to approval by the Board of Studies concerned. The list shall then be forwarded to the Registrar and Secretary for publication and for submission to the Standing Committee on Assessment for approval and then Senate for ratification. In the case of Final Examinations or examinations which are classified, or in which distinctions are awarded in individual subjects, lists of names in alphabetical order in each class or other category shall be similarly drawn up, signed and communicated. The Registrar and Secretary will notify Boards of Studies of those candidates whose names should be listed separately and whose results should neither be published nor divulged to the student until satisfactory financial arrangements have been made for the settlement of outstanding debts to the University. Where classes or divisions are awarded on the results of examination in more than one subject it shall be the responsibility of the Joint Board of Examiners to assess the class or division.

Ordinances

  • Ordinance 1
    Constitution of Boards of Studies
  • Ordinance 2
    Meetings of Boards of Studies
  • Ordinance 3
    The Graduate Students Association
  • Ordinance 4
    The Students' Union
  • Ordinance 5
    Membership of the Senate
  • Ordinance 6
    University Examiners and examinations
  • Ordinance 7
    Deprivation or Revocation of Academic Qualifications
  • Ordinance 8
    Exemption from part of a programme of study of the University
  • Ordinance 9
    Admission of visiting students
  • Ordinance 10
    This ordinance has been repealed (University Council M10-11/10 refers)
  • Ordinance 11
    This ordinance has been repealed (University Council M10-11/10 refers)
  • Ordinance 12
    Members of the University
  • Ordinance 13
    This ordinance has been repealed (University Council M10-11/10 refers)
  • Ordinance 14
    This ordinance has been repealed (University Council M10-11/10 refers)