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External Examiner

On this page, you will find all the information you need about external examining at UWS. If you feel anything is missing or you require further clarity on any aspect please do not hesitate to contact us on

External Examining at UWS

The University has comprehensive systems in place to assure the quality of its educational provision and the academic standard of all its degrees and other awards. The external examiner system plays a key role in this process. External examiners are assigned to subject areas and / or courses. They are usually practising academics, based at other universities or HE institutions, who have relevant experience of the UK higher education system. Their role is to ensure that the standards of awards from the University are comparable with similar courses or subjects in other UK institutions, and that the processes for assessment, examination, and awards are sound, robust and fair.

External Examiner Handbook

The External Examiner Handbook is a useful tool for both new and continuing external examiners and sets out their duties, responsibilities and procedures.

The handbook is also a useful reference point for course leaders and who work with external examiners. Please also see Chapter 6 of the Quality Handbook.

DOWNLOAD External Examiner Handbook 2020-21 (PDF)

If you would prefer a hard copy of the handbook please email

External Examiner Newletters

External Examiners - Remote Working

External Examiner Induction

We have created our online induction to allow you to review the materials at your convenience and to enable you to have access to the induction resources throughout the entirety of your external examiner appointment. The induction comprises some short talking heads, copies of the relevant report forms and of course your External Examiner Handbook!

The aim of the this induction site is to give you a general introduction to the role and responsibilities of the External Examiners at UWS, to provide specific information about the different types of external examiner and the operation of our panels.

Induction Videos

There are 5 short videos in total and we recommend that you start with the Welcome to External Examiner Induction video.

Click the play icon to watch the video then use the arrows underneath to select the next video.

Your External Examiner Handbook in the section above will also provide you with some more detailed information.

Nina Anderson-Knox Head of QUEST

Welcome to External Examiner Induction

External shot of Ayr, Dumfries, London, LAnarkshire and Paisley campuses

Introduction to UWS

Sharon Cosh - QUEST

Quality Enhancement Framework & the UWS Approach

Helen McLean - QUEST

Operation of Examination Boards

Induction Reporting 4 : Reporting and Themes from Last Session| Sharon Cosh Quality Enhancement Officer

Reporting and Themes from Last Session

External Examiner Privacy Notice

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This Privacy Notice sets out how we process personal data about you during your appointment as an external examiner with UWS.

Download (PDF)
Last updated: 07/12/2020