External Examiners’ Conference (taught programmes)

2019 External Examiners’ Conference

The University recognises the centrality of the external examiner’s role to the assurance of standards and maintenance of quality and attaches considerable importance to supporting externals in carrying out this role. In this context, we offer an annual university-wide induction event which all new external examiners are strongly encouraged to attend. The next of these events will be held in Plymouth on Thursday 9 May 2019. Invitations for this event will be sent to all new examiners in February 2019.

Conference format

In the morning you'll get an introduction to the University, including presentations on the role of the external examiner and reporting requirements. You'll also be able to take part in the Q&A panel discussion with University and student representatives and current external examiners.

In the afternoon you'll meet with representatives from the subject/programme team. If you're an Academic Partnerships external examiner, you'll get an overview of Academic Partnerships’ operation and discuss within the relevant subject forums specific issues relating to partner-based delivery of University of Plymouth awards.

Travel and parking

There is no parking available on campus for this event. We encourage you to find an alternative method of transport, but if you do plan to travel by car, there are several car parks in the city centre within walking distance of the University, download further parking information

The University is a few minutes’ walk from Plymouth train station. Take a look at our getting here page for full details of public transport.

Feedback from delegates

  • ? "I was very happy with the whole event - as someone who was having a first experience of being an external examiner this event made me feel very valued and painted the University of Plymouth in a very good light." 2016 delegate
  • @ "It was very well-organised and gave splendid opportunities for new external examiners to have a wide range of matters and queries considered and answered. I consider this type of conference to be an exemplar of good practice in HE." 2017 delegate
  • ? "Staff were welcoming and really professional, and I look forward to working with them." 2018 delegate

Previous conference presentations

External Examiners’ Conference context

Presented by Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The role of the external examiner at the University of Plymouth

Presented by Dr Hilary Duckett, Director of Plymouth Business School

Responding to external examiners’ reports

Presented by Sue Gregory, Central Quality Office

Inclusive assessment

Presented by Jane Collings, Teaching and Learning Support

Introduction to the University's Digital Learning Enviroment

Presented by Janice Button and Ed Bremner, Academic Support, Technology and Innovation

Questions and answers

Presented by the panel