The University of Southampton
Quality Handbook

External examiners

AppointmentRoles and ResponsibilitiesScrutiny of reports and responses

This section sets out the University’s policy and procedures for the appointment of external examiners and describes the role and responsibilities of external examiners for taught programmes. It also provides details about the process for scrutinising and responding to external examiners’ reports.


The policy is designed to meet indicators of sound practice in the QAA Quality Code: Chapter B7: External examining.


Students can access the external examiner’s report and Faculty response for their programme via a link on SUSSED. The key recommendations made by external examiners are discussed at Faculty Programmes Committees at which students are represented and reports are also a standard item at Faculty and discipline level Staff: Student Liaison Committees.


University induction of External Examiners takes place electronically and all external examiners are directed to an online induction portal upon appointment.

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