One of the main roles of the external examiner is to scrutinise the marking and moderation procedures of the University. We do not ask external examiners to determine marks for individual students, but to consider, and provide feedback on, the consistency and accuracy of marking across a cohort by reviewing the marking within each module, and between modules of the same level.
External examiners should be provided with all draft examination papers and other major pieces of assessment that contribute to the final award for comment and approval, together with model answers, where appropriate. Where you have provided suggestions for amendment, Schools should reply to you to confirm how your advice has been acted upon. The School will inform you of your role with respect to work samples, but as a general rule, the following list gives an idea of what you should be looking at:
- The work sample should be from across the full mark range;
- There should be a clear indication of how a mark has been arrived at;
- There should be evidence of the moderation process (e.g. markers’ comments);
- Markers’ comments should map on to the relevant marking criteria and reflect the mark awarded