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External Examiners, expertise and accreditation

Within Higher Education in England, the use of external expertise remains one of the principal means for assuring the maintenance of threshold academic standards.

The University of Bradford utilises External Examiners, External Experts and work with professional bodies to ensure that programme development, delivery, assessment and classification processes across the institution are reliable, current, fair and transparent.

External Examiners

External Examiners are a key means of ensuring that:

  • The academic standard for each award and its component parts is set and maintained by the University at the appropriate level and that student performance is properly judged against this.
  • The assessment process measures student achievement appropriately against the intended outcomes of the programme, and is rigorous, fairly operated and in line with the institution’s policies and regulations.
  • The University is able to compare the standards of its awards with those of other degree awarding bodies and against the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, and other appropriate external reference points.

External Examiners also play a key role in the on-going enhancement of the quality of the University’s awards.

Being an External Examiner at Bradford

The main duties of the External Examiner role are as follows:

  • Reviewing and feeding back on proposed assessment tasks.
  • Reviewing samples of student work.
  • Endorsing the outcomes of module marking and moderation.
  • Attending Assessment Committees and/or Board of Examiners meetings.
  • Producing an annual report.
  • Providing ongoing feedback to Programme/Module Teams, as required.
  • Addressing professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements, where applicable.

For further information about External Examining at the University of Bradford, or to discuss current External Examiner opportunities, please see the Guide below or contact externalexaminers@bradford.ac.uk.

External Examiners Guide

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External Experts

Experts external to the University bring their professional expertise and insight to activities such as programme review, modification and approval. External Experts are a valuable asset to the University in assuring that the programmes it delivers are academically coherent, current in terms of the most recent academic, professional and industrial developments and relevant to the needs of employers.

Being an External Expert at Bradford

External Experts will typically be asked to undertake the following duties:

  • Provide a detailed written report to the Panel to advise on proposals for new programmes, proposals for major modifications to programmes and on documentation to inform the periodic review of existing programmes.
  • 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 lines of enquiry and the deliberations of the Panel.
  • Consider programme specifications and associated documentation and assess the extent to which these take proper account of University and external regulation, reference points and policy.
  • Offer judgements on the setting and maintaining of academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities in the context of the QAAHE Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), subject benchmarks and other associated elements of the UK Quality Code.
  • Comment with regard to the organisation and coherence of the detailed new programme proposal or programme under review.
  • Comment on the ability of the programme to provide a relevant and effective experience in the context of preparation for vocational or professional practice.
  • Make recommendations to the Panel on syllabi, learning and 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 programme to offer a stimulating and interesting experience for students and the opportunity to attain the programme learning outcomes.
  • Advise, where appropriate, on whether proper consideration has been given to the requirements and regulations of professional and statutory bodies.

For further information or to discuss current External Expert opportunities, please contact externalexaminers@bradford.ac.uk.

External Expert Role Description

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Professional accreditation

A large number of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes are accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (collectively known as PSRBs). Such professional accreditation ensures our programmes align with current sector/industry standards and this, in turn, strengthens the value and currency of our students’ qualifications and graduate attributes in preparation for future study or employment.

Accreditation is achieved through a rigorous process of testing and re-testing that our programmes meet certain professional requirements and standards. Among other activities this involves:

  • external assessment by the professional bodies
  • regular returns of performance data
  • periodic review panels/visits. 

Records of our accreditations

What charter marks does the University of Bradford hold?

The University as a whole has certification for aspects of its practice and operations by accrediting bodies, including Athena Swan, EQUIS, the Quality Assurance Agency and the Queen's Anniversary Prize (until 2020). We are regulated by and registered with the Office for Students as a provider of higher education. During our last Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework review, we were awarded a Silver rating. The University's Royal Charter was awarded in 1966 by the Privy Council of HM Queen Elizabeth II and was most recently reapproved in 2015.

Which programmes are accredited?

The University is proud of its record in securing accreditation from standards bodies, having actively maintained and expanded its portfolio of professional accreditations across all four faculties.

Accreditation details are available on individual faculty pages and on course pages accessible at the University’s Course Database.

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More External Expert and External Examiners information

If your question has not been answered on this page, or if you need a template or form to fill in, please contact externalexaminers@bradford.ac.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

Current & prospective externals

Right to work information

Before any payment can be made for External Examining or External Expert activities we must be satisfied that you have the right to work in the UK. We follow the Home Office guidance on conducting remote checks during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Mentorship and advice for examiners

Bradford is an excellent University for colleagues new to the role as well as for experienced examiners. New External Examiners will be assigned an experienced mentor to support them in their new role. AdvanceHE also produce an External Examiner's Handbook.

Bradford staff and students

  • recently published External Examiner's Reports for your programme
  • a detailed guide to the roles of External Examiners and Experts
  • information about the External Examiners and External Experts Committee
  • information on how to extend an appointment or appoint a new External Examiner.