External examiners are an essential element of the University's framework for quality assurance and enhancement. The role of external examiners is to assure the quality of students' learning experiences and ensure that students are assessed fairly in relation not just to other students on the same course but to students in other Higher Education Institutions nationally.
External examiners typically see and approve draft examination questions before the papers are set; and they will review the marks of a sample of students' work. External examiners are expected to make an annual report to the University and they have licence to comment on all aspects of the degree programme, including its staffing and teaching. Where viva-voce (oral) examinations are still held as part of the final degree assessment, it is common for external examiners to take part in them.
External examiners are generally appointed for a period of four years, and it is usual for the programme leader to consult them about changes to the programme that are being introduced during their period of office.
This web page contains reports from the University's external examiners relating to awards delivered here at Leeds Metropolitan University and we hope that you find this information of interest.
External Examiner reports for 2011/12 are available on the right hand side of this page and are filed alphabetically by programme title within the Faculties.