External Examiners Annual Report Form For internal use only

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External Examiners Annual Report Form
For internal use only – not for publication

Academic Year:

Name of External Examiner:

Examiner’s Home Institution:

BNU Faculty:

Course/s Examined:

Subject Area:
Modules:
(please list as appropriate)




Notes:
    Please complete this Annual Report Form and return it directly to the Student and Academic Services at the
    above address. The form should be completed in the format laid out overleaf, by ticking the appropriate box
    and providing details in the comment section. COMMENTS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR ALL
    QUESTIONS. External Examiners are also requested to identify areas of good practice as well as issues for
    action.
    This report will be used in the Annual Review and Evaluation process of the University and will assist the
    University in assuring the standards of its provision and their comparability with other Higher Education
    Institutions.
    Please DO NOT make comments on or name individual students.
    This report must be submitted by 1 AUGUST, unless the course for which you are appointed finishes at a
    different time of year.
    Should you wish you may submit an additional confidential report directly to the Vice Chancellor.
    Payment of your annual fee will be authorised on receipt of the signed and dated report.




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In completing the following sections:
    Please indicate your degree of agreement or disagreement with the statement by ticking the appropriate
    Likert scale box.
    Where the statement does not apply to your particular situation, tick the ‘not applicable’ box. Some
    responses are in the form of ‘yes’/’no’/’not applicable’ boxes instead of a Likert scale.
    Please also complete the comments box and required action points in connection with all applicable
    statements and note areas for improvement or commendation in the comments section.

1. Standards set and achieved
a.      The consultation with the Course Team regarding the appropriateness of the assessment was
        satisfactory.

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                     disagree



Comments (please complete):




b.      The assessments set were appropriate in relation to the intended outcomes of the module/unit and
        students were able to demonstrate achievement of those outcomes.

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                     disagree



Comments (please complete):




c.      The nature and level of the assessment tasks I have seen here are equivalent to those I have seen
        at other comparable institutions.

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                     disagree




Comments (please complete):




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d.      The assessment tasks demonstrated that the Course Team has taken into account published
        subject benchmarks and other recognised national or academic standards as appropriate.

                                      Neither agree                      Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                          Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                       disagree



Comments (please complete):




e.      I consider that the marking of the assessments was fair, consistent and of an appropriate standard.

                                      Neither agree                      Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                          Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                       disagree



Comments (please complete):




f.      I examined students in more than one cohort or location, and found the achievements of students in
        the different groups equivalent. (If you only dealt with a single student cohort please tick ‘not
        applicable’.)

                                      Neither agree                      Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                          Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                       disagree



Comments (please complete):




g.      Lecturers gave the students clear and supportive feedback on their work, clearly related to the
        assessment criteria.

                                      Neither agree                      Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                          Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                       disagree



Comments (please complete):




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h.      The achievement of students in the modules/units I examined is broadly equivalent to the
        achievements of similar students at comparable institutions.

                                      Neither agree                     Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                         Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                      disagree



Comments (please complete):




2. Decision making with respect to student progression and
achievement
Please note that not all External Examiners are invited to attend every Panel and Board, because in many
cases a team of examiners is appointed. If you did not attend the Panel/Board referred to in one of the
following statements, please tick ‘I did not attend’.

a.      The decisions made at this year’s Subject Panel (or equivalent) were fair, consistent and in
        accordance with University regulations.
        (Note – a Subject Panel is one that considers all the marks for the modules/units but does not make
        progression/award decisions.)

                                      Neither agree                     Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                         I did not attend
                                      nor disagree                      disagree



Comments (please complete):




b.      The decisions made at this year’s Progression Board were fair, consistent and in accordance with
        University regulations.

                                      Neither agree                     Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                         I did not attend
                                      nor disagree                      disagree



Comments (please complete):




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c.      The decisions made at this year’s Award Board were fair, consistent and in accordance with
        University regulations.

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        I did not attend
                                      nor disagree                     disagree



Comments (please complete):




3. Administrative and general issues
a.      I received sufficient course-related documentation to enable me to carry out my External Examiner
        duties effectively.
        (This might include assessment briefs, assessment criteria, marking schemes, samples of student
        work, mark profiles etc. – please note in your comments any other documentation you would have
        liked.)

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                     disagree



Comments (please complete):




b.      I was able to see a relevant section of the student work.

                                      Neither agree                    Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                        Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                     disagree



Comments (please complete):




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c.      The Course Team and Faculty Administration provided me with all the information I needed to
        enable me to make my judgements.

                                      Neither agree                       Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                            Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                        disagree



Comments (please complete):




d.      I made an interim visit to the University to meet students and staff in the course of this academic
        year, and I found this helpful.

                                   Neither agree nor                  Strongly        I was unable to make
Strongly agree     Agree                               Disagree
                                   disagree                           disagree        an interim visit




Comments (please complete):




e.      Whether or not you made one, please indicate whether you were specifically invited to make an
        interim visit:

YES                NO



f.      Please indicate whether you received a written response to the comments you made in last year’s
        report. (If you are a new External Examiner, please tick ‘not applicable’.)

YES                NO              Not applicable



g.      The response I received from the Course Team to the comments I made in my last report was
        appropriate. (If you are a new External Examiner, please tick ‘not applicable’.)

                                   Neither agree nor                      Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                 Disagree                            Not applicable
                                   disagree                               disagree



Comments (please complete):




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h.      Overall, the Faculty is effective in its support for me as an External Examiner.

                                      Neither agree                       Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                  Disagree                             Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                        disagree



Comments (please complete):




Questions i-k are for NEW External Examiners only

i.      I received sufficient documentation from the University to prepare me fully for my External Examiner
        role.

                                      Neither agree                       Strongly
Strongly agree     Agree                                  Disagree                             Not applicable
                                      nor disagree                        disagree



Comments (please complete):




j.      I found the induction programme for new External Examiners helpful.

                                   Neither agree                                           I did not receive
Strongly agree     Agree                              Disagree        Strongly disagree
                                   nor disagree                                            induction



Comments (please complete):




k.      If you did not receive induction, please indicate whether or not you were invited to an induction session:

YES                NO




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4. Overview, key comments and recommendations and points for
action
Please provide an overview of your assessment of the programme for which you are an External
Examiner. If appropriate, you should highlight the characteristics of the programme(s) that are significant
in terms of academic standards, including distinctive or innovative features, notable strengths and any
aspects which should be addressed in order to maintain confidence in standards.




Examples of Good Practice noted:




Suggested Action Points for the Institution (please use bullet points)

Essential




Advisable




Desirable




External Examiner’s Signature:

Date:



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