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This Theme provides practical guidance on the use of external, impartial and independent expertise to ensure that the standards and quality of a provider's courses are consistent with the relevant national qualification frameworks, Subject Benchmark Statements, Characteristics Statements and any relevant professional or other requirements.

UK Quality Code, Advice and Guidance: External Expertise

Publication date: 29 Nov 2018

Expectations and Practices for External Expertise

Guiding Principles

  1. Providers use one or more external experts as advisers to provide impartial and independent scrutiny on the approval and review of all provision that leads to the award of credit or a qualification.
  2. Degree-awarding bodies engage independent external examiners to comment impartially and informatively on academic standards, student achievement and assessment processes for all provision that leads to the award of credit or a qualification.
  3. Degree-awarding bodies have processes for the nomination, approval and engagement of external examiners and other independent external experts.
  4. Providers ensure that the roles of those providing external expertise are clear to students, staff and other stakeholders.
  5. Providers ensure that external experts are given sufficient and timely evidence and training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities.
  6. Providers have effective mechanisms in place to provide a response to input from external examiners and external advisers.