External examining is a key feature of the UK higher education system. This programme has been developed following the Degree Standards project on external examining that ran from 2016 to 2021.
The Develop the Developer (DtD) programme is a sustainable approach for higher education providers to enhance the professional development of external examiners. It is a key part of the Degree Standards provision designed to contribute to the maintenance of degree standards and their reasonable comparability across the UK higher education systems by providing training for external examiners. The DtD trains institutional developers to deliver the Professional Development Course for External Examiners.
Once completed participants from the programme are able to facilitate the Professional Development Course for External Examiners within their institution.
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If you would like to know more about the programme, please complete the form by clicking below and we will send you an information sheet with further details. A member of our team will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements.
Impressive bank of resources, and led by well experienced facilitators who fostered a collegiate atmosphere. Great to meet and share experiences with other academics – the opportunity to continue to network with them is welcome.”
DtD workshop participant in 2020-21
Engagement in the developer training will enable participants to demonstrate:
- sound knowledge and understanding of the relevant policy, research and issues in external examining and academic standards
- familiarity with and sufficient commitment to PDC materials and activities to communicate key messages convincingly
- practical command of the process for all modes of delivery of the PDC to enable effective facilitation, e.g course preparation and organisation, accurate presentations, clear task instructions, time management, working with partner facilitator, fostering active engagement of all participants, judicious use of examples from personal experience
- skilful management of the plenary discussions and confident responses to participants’ questions to maintain a focus on, communicate and/or reinforce key messages;
- ability to maintain a focus on external examining
- commitment to critical reflection on personal facilitation, identification of appropriate development needs and collaborative development of the PDC.
As a result of committed participants attending the course, the institution will have:
- qualified facilitators who can keep delivering the training to their institution’s staff
- normally two cohorts of staff trained on assisted and observed PDCs
- the foundation of a community of practice to enhance assessment, with the potential to build further internal and external networks
- the chance for collective reflection on institutional practices of assessment and marking, which have the potential to change institutional practices.
Who should attend?
Typically, new facilitators are experienced academics, educational developers or have senior roles relating to quality assurance or enhancement within an institution. To take part in a Develop the Developer programme, a new facilitator will:
- have completed the PDC for external examiners
- have been nominated by their institution or Advance HE
- be experienced in running development workshops in higher education
- be experienced as an external examiner or in quality assurance and enhancement relevant to external examining
- have sound, up to date, knowledge of assessment in higher education
- have time to carry out the preparatory work and attend the whole of the workshop day (or with remote delivery of the process, the two half-day workshops), and to have time to run the PDC in the longer-term.
48 UK higher education providers have adopted the Professional Development Course to train their own staff to become external examiners. They are:
King's College London
Anglia Ruskin University
Liverpool John Moores University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Gloucestershire
University of Hertfordshire
University of Leicester
University of Salford
University of Brighton
University of Chester
Edge Hill University
University of Bradford
University of Birmingham
University of South Wales
University of the Arts London
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Queen's University Belfast
University of Bolton
Wrexham Glyndwr University
University of Reading
City, University of London
University of Portsmouth
University of West London
University of the Creative Arts
University of Lincoln
University of Nottingham
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Liverpool
University of Sussex
Plymouth Marjon University
University of West England
Royal Northern College of Music
University of Chichester
University of Northampton
University of Roehampton
University of Winchester