University of Bradford
Experts External to the University
The role of Experts External to the University
Experts external to the University bring their professional expertise and insight to the
Course Approval and Review process; they are a valuable asset to the University in assuring
that the courses it delivers are academically coherent, current in terms of the most recent
academic, professional and industrial developments and relevant to the needs of
employers. To ensure impartiality and an objective viewpoint, external experts should not
be asked to take part in the development of a course that they will subsequently be asked
to consider within their remit as a member of the CART.
External experts are normally required to attend all meetings of the CART at which new
courses within their subject area are considered and at which the periodic review of existing
courses is carried out. Agenda planning will be carried out to facilitate the attendance of
external experts at these meetings. However, in exceptional circumstances, where
attendance is not possible, the Academic Quality Officer, with the approval of the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Academic), will negotiate with the external for the submission of an
appropriately detailed report to inform the discussion of the CART. A checklist will be
provided to facilitate the provision of information appropriate to the consideration of the
External experts will be asked to undertake the following duties:
1. attend meetings of the CART to advise on detailed proposals for new courses,
proposals for major revisions to courses and on documentation to inform the
periodic review of existing courses
2. offer an independent and objective viewpoint on proposals within a specific area of
academic or professional interest and expertise in order to enhance and inform the
debate of the Course Approval and Review Team
3. consider programme specifications and associated material and assess the extent to
which these take proper account of University and external regulation, guidance and
4. offer judgements on academic standards and quality in the context of the QAAHE
Framework for Higher Education Qualification and associated elements of the
Academic Infrastructure (academic appointees)
5. comment with regard to the organisation and coherence of the detailed new course
proposal or course under review
6. comment on the ability of the course to provide a relevant and effective experience
in the context of preparation for vocational or professional practice
7. make recommendations to the CART on syllabi, teaching strategy, learning outcomes
and assessment in the context of relevance to current professional and employment
practices, developments in academic research and the potential for the course to
offer a stimulating and interesting experience for students
8. advise, where appropriate, on whether proper consideration has been given to the
requirements and regulations of professional and statutory bodies.
External experts should not normally be current external examiners of the University; a
period of 3 years should have lapsed between the nomination of an expert and the
termination of any professional relationship with the School concerned.
At least one external expert covering a programme or group of programmes must have
current or recent (within 3 years) experience of UK higher education. An additional external
expert may be appointed if there is a clear requirement for specific professional, industrial
or commercial expertise. All requests for such an additional appointment must be
accompanied by a rationale.
In order to ensure impartiality and an objective viewpoint, external experts should not be
asked to take part in the development of a course that they will subsequently be asked to
consider as a member of the CART.
Term of office
The term of office of external experts is 5 years in the first instance with the option to
extend by a further 2 years. A second period of appointment for an external expert is
permissible, provided that a minimum of one complete period of appointment has elapsed
prior to re-appointment. Where the external expert has served for a longer period than the
normal minimum term, a commensurately longer period shall elapse between the two
periods of appointment.
In recognition of the rigour of the appointments procedures employed by professional and
statutory, regulatory bodies (PSRBs) to verify their own nominations, the University does
not require formal approval of external experts nominated by a PSRB.
Appointment and payment forms for experts external to the University are available on the
The process for the appointment of external experts is as follows:
the initial approach to ascertain the willingness of an external expert to participate in
the process is made by Schools
Schools submit a curriculum vitae, together with a completed approval form, to their
Academic Quality Officer in the AQU
the proposed appointment of the external expert is normally processed by Chair's
action and is considered, and approved if appropriate, via the Chair of the CART and
the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee.
Fees and expenses
A flat rate fee of £55 will be paid for a written report in consideration of each new or
amended course proposal.
A fee of £200 per day or part day will be paid for attendance at meetings at course approval
and periodic review events, plus additional expenses incurred.
Fees for attendance at meetings and for written reports are centrally funded and paid to
external experts following each event. Expenses incurred by external experts in the
performance of their duties are payable by Schools and will be noted by the School
Administrator and paid, via the Finance Office, as incurred.