5.1 Introduction

1. The role of an External Examiner is an integral and essential part of the University’s quality assurance. Section 5 of the Academic Quality Handbook (AQH) has been developed taking into account the QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B7, External Examining.


2. In this section of the AQH the term ‘External Examiners’ refers to External Examiners for Taught Degrees; initial degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas and certificates (including the PGCE), taught postgraduate Master’s schemes (Master’s degrees by examination and dissertation) and integrated undergraduate Master’s schemes. The Senate External Reviewer refers to an External who attends the final Senate Examining Boards at which all taught scheme results are confirmed. Associate External Examiners have responsibility for small numbers of modules in specialist areas and normally report to the main External Examiner for the scheme. All External Examiners are ultimately responsible to the Senate, which is responsible for the conduct of all examinations at Aberystwyth University (AU).


3.  Please refer to section 7: Research Degrees for guidance on the University’s external examining arrangements for Postgraduate Research Degrees.