External examiners (taught programmes)

Staff member reading report

The external examiner system enables the University to ensure that the qualifications it awards are of a suitable standard and that student performances are judged appropriately.

Support for external examiners

As well as help from both your School and the University's Registry (Policy) you will be given written guidance and the opportunity to attend an induction event.

The external examiner report

Your recommendations will take the form of a report; any issues raised will be responded to by the School and considered by the University's Quality Assurance Committee.

Fees and expenses

Your School will agree an appropriate fee with you. We also reimburse you for reasonable expenses incurred in performing the duties of your role.

Relevant legislation

You should be familiar with the following documents, which are particularly relevant to the external examiner role. Legislation are cohort specific. Please ensure you view the Regulation and Code of Practice specific to the year the students started their studies. Below you will find the most current legislation for 2018-19 and a link to previous versions.  

University of Birmingham Codes of Practice and Regulations:

Further help and information

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) links:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) documents:

You should contact your School in the first instance for questions about your appointment, your fee or the programme you are examining.

If your School is unable to help, you can contact Registry (Policy) at externalexaminers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

External Examiner data

The University of Birmingham will process data relating to your appointment including your name, your current post, the Higher Education institute (or other place of work) that employs you, and the correspondence address, telephone and email address for your place of work.  The University of Birmingham will keep a record of this data for a minimum period of 5 years from the end date of your appointment. Information collected will be used to ensure the University’s external examiner system operates in accordance with QAA requirements. Please note that external examiner annual reports will be retained indefinitely.  To find out how the University uses personal data, please read our privacy statements.