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Personal Development for External Examiners

Practical approaches to reinforcing UK standards of external examining.

External examining is a key feature of the UK higher education system. This course has been developed as part of the Degree Standards project on external examining that has run from 2016 to 2021.

The overarching aim of the Personal Development for External Examiners course is to contribute to maintenance of degree standards and their reasonable comparability across the UK higher education systems by providing training for external examiners. This is the only training course for external examiners in the UK. It has been developed in collaboration with a range of HE providers.

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An excellent, informative and thought-provoking course that captured the essence of the external examining role while underlining the complexity and variation in applying standards equitably across institutions.”

Personal Development for External Examiners course participant

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In this video Kristine Pole, Senior Advisor Learning and Teaching, Advance HE introduces the Personal Development for External Examiners course

Who should attend?

Any academic colleagues with an interest in external examining. The course is suitable for academic colleagues who are external examiners (whether new or experienced) and for those who would like to take up a role as an external examiner.

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What participants receive

Upon completion, participants will receive:

  • a certificate of completion (this will be replaced by a digital badge in due course)
  • an entry on the searchable list of certificated External Examiners on the Advance HE website
  • membership of the External Examiners’ Community of Practice on Connect.
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Content of the course

  • The roles and responsibilities of an external examiner
  • Variation in academic standards
  • Sources of variation
  • Dilemmas faced by external examiners
  • Social moderation and calibration of standards
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Course dates

Virtual Course

19 and 26 April - Fully Booked

16 and 23 May 2024 - Fully Booked

14 and 20 June 2024 - Book Now

28 June and 5 July 2024 - Book Now






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Dr Erica Morris

Higher Education Consultant and Academic Associate
Advance HE
Dr Erica Morris
Dr Erica J Morris is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy), an Academic Associate for Advance HE and a Higher Education Consultant working on the Degree Standards project, which is focused on the professional development of external examiners.

Andy Lloyd

Senior Curriculum Design Advisor, Centre for Education Support and Innovation
Cardiff University
Andy Lloyd
Andy is Senior Curriculum Design Advisor at the Centre for Education Support and Innovation at Cardiff University, leading on assessment and feedback support across the institution. Andy has worked in a wide range of different roles across the University for over 25 years. Originally working as a librarian, he then moved to a research role in the School of Education, and then to lead the enhancement of a number of different areas in the assessment lifecycle University-wide, including support for and the training of external examiners.

Professor Margaret Price

Professor Emerita of Assessment and Learning
Margaret Price is Professor Emerita of Assessment and Learning at Oxford Brookes University UK. As a researcher she has strong roots in the practice of teaching and assessment. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2002 in recognition of her excellence in teaching and contribution to the development of learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education.

Ian Sadler

Subject Head in the School of Sport and Exercise Science
Liverpool John Moores University
Ian Sadler
Dr Ian Sadler is Subject Head in the School of Sport and Exercise Science with responsibility for learning and teaching. Ian teaches exercise physiology and nutrition and he is an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (BASES) and a Chartered Scientist (Science Council). His research focuses upon learning and teaching in higher education; specifically teacher development and assessment practice.

Professor Berry O'Donovan

Principal Lecturer Student Experience
Professor Berry O'Donovan is a Principal Lecturer Student Experience, in this role has led a number of institutional and school projects focused on improving the student experience including enhancing online feedback and student engagement. She is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have been centrally involved in a number of national pedagogy projects funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE). Her research into teaching and learning, project management and teaching practice come together to give a coherent focus on enhancing the experience of students at Brookes and beyond.

Professor Chris Rust

Emeritus Professor of Higher Education
Chris Rust
Chris Rust is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Oxford Brookes where he worked for over 25 years. He was Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, and Deputy Director of the Human Resource Directorate from 2001-2011. Between 2005-10 he was also Deputy Director for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange) and the Reinvention Centre for undergraduate research (led by Warwick University). For his last three years he was Associate Dean (Academic Policy).

Professor Jenny Hill

Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation
University of Gloucestershire
Professor Jenny Hill
Jenny has worked as an advisor to universities, examination boards, Advance HE and the Quality Assurance Agency. She is passionate about teaching, researching and developing curricula and practice across all disciplines and professional areas.

Dr Nicola Reimann

Head of Academic Professional Development
Durham University
Dr Nicola Reimann
Nicola is Associate Professor in Academic Practice, based both in the School of Education and in the Durham Centre for Academic Development ( Her role focuses on researching learning, teaching and assessment in higher education and educational development for Durham staff, in particular in the context of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. She is a qualified school teacher and worked in Modern Foreign Languages (Newcastle University, Sunderland University, Freie Universität Berlin, Open University) before moving into an academic development role.

Professor Pete Boyd

Professor Emeritus of Professional Learning
University of Cumbria
Prof Pete Boyd
He is professor emeritus in professional learning at the University of Cumbria and focused on supporting the development of research-informed practice in education. He works as an education consultant, research mentor and doctoral research supervisor with academics, lecturers and teachers in universities, colleges, and schools.

Teresa McConlogue

Senior Teaching Fellow
University College London
Teresa McConlogue
Teresa works in the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT), which supports academic staff at UCL to improve learning, teaching and assessment practices. She works mainly in the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) with the aim of enhancing the student experience by redesigning curricula so that students are actively involved in learning and assessment.
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Delivering the course within an institution

The Personal Development for External Examiners course can be delivered to staff within an institution either by Advance HE staff or by institutional staff who have successfully completed the Institutional Development of External Examiners programme. The latter programme involves the following:

  • Participants complete the Personal Development for External Examiners course
  • Two or more facilitators complete the Institutional Development of External Examiners programme
  • Institution is sub-licensed by Advance HE to deliver the Personal Development for External Examiners with the developers delivering the course

Find out more about the Institutional Development of External Examiners.

Courses such as this are an invaluable asset for external examiners. The ability to connect with peers and develop understanding, roles and responsibilities is extremely useful.”

Personal Development for External Examiners course Participant

Hear from previous participants


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Dr Melissa Jogie shares her experience as an Early Career Researcher (ECR) of attending External Examiner training.