External Examiners’ Conference (taught programmes)
"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 Plymouth University 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

Join other external examiners at our annual University-wide induction event, rated by 96 per cent of 2017's delegates as very good/excellent.

2018 External Examiners’ Conference

The 2018 External Examiners’ Conference will be held on the 24 May 2018. An outline programme for this event is now available. Registration for this event has now closed. The next of these events will be held in spring 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 Plymouth University 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.  

What happened at the 2017 conference?

View our presentations from the 2017 conference below.

Due to technical difficulties, we regret that the ‘External Examiners’ Conference context’ and ‘The role of the External Examiner at Plymouth University’ presentations are not available. Please find the presentations from the 2016 Conference for these sessions below.


External Examiners’ Conference context 2016

Presented by Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The role of the external examiner at Plymouth University

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