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External examiners are an essential part of the University's quality assurance mechanism and are appointed to all approved courses.  They provide an important and impartial evaluation of our assessment systems to ensure fairness and consistency for students’ learning and standards of achievement.

Through a system of independent peer review, they report on the structure, content, academic standards and teaching of programmes to provide assurance to the University that the standards which it delivers are comparable with those in peer institutions.

Academic Registry support both its Academy and external examiners to successfully facilitate this evaluative process.  In order to provide a consistent and positive experience for our external examiners, we have set up this area in My Sunderland where information can be accessed and downloaded, from our induction information for new external examiners provided by our Quality Support team, to the provision of student work samples by our Programme Support team.  This area is designed to provide you with a single point of entry to everything an external examiner needs to successfully fulfill your role.


For resources, information and guidance on undertaking external examiner duties, please following this link to our Quality Support page.

For access to your dedicated Programme Support area where you can access relevant samples of student work, please go to the following page.