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 2016-17

  • Annual briefing letter (available May 2017) (update on policy, procedural and regulatory changes)

Other useful information

External Examining:

Assessment:

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.