The role of an External Examiner is to ensure that awards granted are comparable in standard to those of other higher education institutions, that national subject threshold standards are complied with, and the treatment of students is equitable and consistent. External Examiners are independent and impartial advisers, providing informative comment on standards and quality and student achievement in relation to those standards. This is achieved by sampling students’ work and reporting on the operation of procedures and processes. Specific responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure assessment information is clearly articulated and understood by students 

  • Confirm the assessment process is appropriate, fair, consistent and in line with policies and procedures

  • Ensure the aims, objectives and learning outcomes are appropriate and comparable to threshold requirements

  • Confirm standards and student performance are comparable with that of other institutions

  • Confirm the currency, relevance and coherence of the curriculum

  • Report on academic standards and quality and highlight good practice and innovation 

Useful documents for external examiners

Please ensure you email your completed External Examiner Fee and Expenses Claim Form to your Academic Department. Please see Contact details below. Your fee and expenses will be paid upon receipt of your Annual Report.

Academic Standards, Quality and Partnership (ASQP)

The Academic Standards, Quality and Partnerships (ASQP) team manages the External Examiner appointment process and maintains relevant records. Responsibilities include:

  • ensuring proposals comply with the University's regulations and procedures

  • maintaining and managing central records

  • managing the receipt and dissemination of external examiner reports

  • Organising and delivering induction events

The University's academic departments liaise with external examiners regarding academic matters and remuneration.

Induction seminars

ASQP design and deliver External Examiner Induction Seminars annually which provides information on roles, responsibilities, regulations and procedures. The event also offers the opportunity to meet with other external examiners as well as academic colleagues. External Examiners may also be invited to attend an induction event with the relevant academic department/school.

For those who are unable to attend an Induction Seminar there is an online version on Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. All External Examiners will be able to access Moodle once the Induction Seminar invitations are sent. 

Online drop-in sessions

ASQP also hold a number online drop in sessions to support external examiners at key points during the year. 

Contact details

For academic, administrative and fee queries, please contact the Academic Contact or Assessment and Awards Manager detailed in your appointment documentation. The Department details are:

Faculty of Business and Law

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
Accounting and Financial Management Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Generalist Business Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Economics and Finance Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

School of Law Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Marketing Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Operations and Systems Management Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation Sue Moore

myport-richmond@port.ac.uk

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
Portsmouth School of Architecture Sam Lyons

myport-eldon@port.ac.uk

School of Art Design and Performance Sam Lyons

myport-eldon@port.ac.uk

School of Film, Media and Communication Sam Lyons

myport-eldon@port.ac.uk

School of Creative Technologies Sam Lyons

myport-eldon@port.ac.uk

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Jon Hewitson

myport-stgeorges@port.ac.uk

School of Education and Sociology Jon Hewitson

myport-stgeorges@port.ac.uk

School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature Imogen Jeffery

myport-milldam@port.ac.uk

School of Languages and Applied Linguistics Imogen Jeffery

myport-milldam@port.ac.uk

Faculty of Science and Health

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
School of Biological Sciences Frances Hayes

myport-ulc@port.ac.uk

School of Health and Care Professions Frances Hayes

myport-ulc@port.ac.uk

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Frances Hayes

myport-ulc@port.ac.uk

Department of Psychology Frances Hayes

myport-ulc@port.ac.uk

School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences Wendy Bowen

myport-anglesea@port.ac.uk

Dental Academy Wendy Bowen

myport-anglesea@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science Wendy Bowen

myport-anglesea@port.ac.uk

Faculty of Technology

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying Hannah Harris

myport-liongate@port.ac.uk

School of Computing Hannah Harris

myport-liongate@port.ac.uk

School of Mechanical and Design Engineering Hannah Harris

myport-liongate@port.ac.uk

School of Maths and Physics Hannah Harris

myport-liongate@port.ac.uk

Learning at Work Mandy Strahan

learningatwork@port.ac.uk

Cross support office

Department/School Assessment and Awards Manager Email Address
Cross Faculty Support Office Caroline Kerr

cfso@port.ac.uk

For queries about your appointment please email externalexaminers@port.ac.uk

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