External examining (taught programmes)

Find all the information you need in one place:

  • Overview of your role as an External Examiner at Plymouth
  • Details about the support we offer to new External Examiners
  • Guidance on reporting requirements and access to report and claim forms
  • Links to other useful information for External Examiners.

Why is your role important?

Your role is essential to the academic well-being of the University, ensuring that:

  • standards are appropriate by reference to published national subject benchmarks, the National Qualifications Framework and the University’s programme and module specifications
  • the assessment process measures student achievement against the intended learning outcomes
  • the assessment process is in line with the University’s Assessment Policy 2014-20 
  • our awards are comparable in standard to awards conferred by other UK HE institutions
  • the assessment process is operated fairly and equitably and in accordance with University Regulations.

Are you a new External Examiner with Plymouth University?

Support for new External Examiners

Are you an existing External Examiner?

Please check this site regularly for updates.

Updates for 2017-18

  • External Examiners for modules and taught programmes of study - Policy and procedures (This consolidates the former documents ‘External Examiners for Modules and Taught Programmes of Study Notes for Guidance’, ‘Process for the Selection, Approval and Appointment of External Examiners for Taught Programmes’ and ‘Guidance on Interim Visits by Subject External Examiners’).
  • Annual briefing letter (update on policy, procedural and regulatory changes) - available May 2018

Other useful information

External Examining:


Other University information and guidance:

External resources:

QAA Quality Code:

Concerns about standards and quality in Higher Education

If you have a serious concern relating to academic standards or quality and you have exhausted all internal procedures, including the submission of a confidential report to the Vice-Chancellor, you may invoke the QAA’s Concerns scheme.