The Guidelines on external examining reflect of University Regulations and procedures approved by the Senate which relate to External Examiner processes, together with generally accepted good practice. From the selection and appointment of Examiners, responsibility of Examiners and reporting, through to scrutiny of reports, the Guidelines provide a comprehensive guide for Examiners, academic staff and administrators and ensure that the correct procedures may be referred to and are followed.
The main purposes and functions of the external examiner system are to:
In order to achieve these purposes External Examiners should be able to:
The Guidelines have been written taking into consideration the recommendations and guidelines of the Quality Assurance Agency.
There are many references to the University Regulations throughout the Guidelines. You can download the Regulations from Ordinances and Regulations.
The following documents detail the University's procedures for the appointment of external examiners and their duties and responsibilities for both taught courses and research.
If you have any queries please contact Dr Maggie King, Head of Academic Quality, on M.King@hw.ac.uk or +44 (0)131 451 3728.
Heriot-Watt University is committed to maintaining its standards and continually enhancing its quality in all areas.