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For academic departments

External examiners are appointed to provide the University with impartial and independent advice through oversight of the assessment process, informative comment on the University’s standards, and on student achievement in relation to those standards.  All taught provision that leads to the award of credit or a qualification of the University (including collaborative provision) must have one or more external examiners appointed.

Academic departments are responsible for presenting candidates for nomination and ensuring that external examiners are provided with all necessary information and support for the effective fulfilment of their role. 


Nominations should be submitted at least FOUR MONTHS before the current external examiner’s appointment expires. This will allow sufficient time for a nomination to be reviewed by the Academic Support Office, considered for approval by the Standing Committee on Assessment, and processed through HR compliance (if applicable).

The University is required to operate within the UK government's rules on working in the UK. Thus, all nominees who will examine any undergraduate modules or programmes must prove their right to work in the UK before they can do any work. Nominees should be made aware that the University will not register or pay workers who have not provided suitable documentation. 

For further information about what is required in a right to work check, please email

All nominations must be completed using the University’s standard form (below), and submitted electronically to

All extensions to appointment requests must be completed using the University’s standard form (below), and submitted electronically to

To help ensure that candidates are eligible for nomination, please refer to the Combined Registers for External Examiners


The duration of an external examiner’s appointment will normally be for four years, achieving a balance between the need to bring a fresh perspective with the need to benefit from the external’s knowledge and insight gathered over a period of time.

In exceptional circumstances and in order to ensure continuity (for example where a programme has been withdrawn and is being ‘taught out’) the Standing Committee on Assessment will consider a request for a one-year extension to an appointment (this request must be accompanied by a detailed supporting rationale).  

Supporting External Examiners

All newly-appointed external examiners are invited to attend a University induction (these are delivered twice a year, usually in March and in September). The induction is delivered online by the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Assessment and the Academic Quality Team The focus of the session is on the role of the external examiner and on University-level processes and regulations for progression and award.

Departments would also separately contact external examiners, to provide:

  • an overview of the programmes/modules curricula the External is overseeing
  • an overview of Departmental assessment and feedback policies/procedures, mark schemes and moderation processes 
  • a timeline of the key contact points in order to support the external examiner to manage the work (including timeframes for commenting on draft assessments and review of samples of work, and Boards of Examiners meeting dates).

Find out more about the induction

Further information

Full details of the procedures relating to the appointment and support of external examiners are outlined in Section 8 of the policy document 2 UoY Policy of Assessment, Examiners, Marking and Feedback 2023/24 of the 2023/24 Guide to Assessment.. You can also read the QAA guidelines outlining their expectations. 

If you require further information about the external examining (taught provision) process please contact