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Teaching and Learning Conference 2021

Develop the Developer Programme

To prepare participants to be knowledgeable, competent and confident facilitators of the Professional Development Course for External Examiners for their own institution.

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 adopt 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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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

Institutional benefits

As a result of committed participants attending the course, the institution will have:

  • two qualified facilitators who can keep delivering the training to their institution’s staff
  • up to 40 staff trained on assisted and observed courses (see Stages C and D below)
  • 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.
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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.

Current adopters

48 UK higher education providers have adopted the Professional Development Course to train their own staff to become external examiners. They are:

Hartpury College    
King's College London
Anglia Ruskin University
Liverpool John Moores University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Newcastle College
Sheffield Hallam University
Trinity Laban
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
Coventry University
Open University
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
Newman University
University of Nottingham
London School of Economics and Political Science

Oxford Brookes
University of Liverpool
Cardiff University
University of Sussex
Lancaster University
Plymouth Marjon University
University of West England
Royal Northern College of Music
University of Chichester
University of Northampton
University of Roehampton
Newcastle University
BIMM Institute
University of Winchester

Read our case studies

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Case study - The University of Liverpool

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Case study: Supporting organisational development – Hartpury College

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Case study: Supporting aspiring external examiners – Queen's University of Belfast

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Institutional Case Study: Improving the dialogue on standards – University of West London

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Case study – The Open University

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Case study - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

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Case study - University of Hertfordshire

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Case study - Manchester Metropolitan University