Student Services

External Examiners for Taught Courses

The External Examiner system enables the University to ensure that the qualifications it awards are of a suitable standard, and that the student performances are judged appropriately.

The Quality and Student Management Systems team sends out a letter of appointment to all External Examiners for taught programmes, together with a list of programmes and the fee for that session. An information sheet is also provided, which contains a link to all relevant information the External Examiner will need (please see below).

Annual Reports

Guidance on completing and submitting the annual report and how we use it. Copies of previous examiners' reports are available on request from the Head of School.

Annual Report submissions are to be made online via MS Forms, a link to which you should have been sent. 

In addition to this, you will also need to complete a Payment Details form to satisfy HMRC regulations.  This should also be completed online via the MS Forms link you have been sent.

If you have not received either of these links, please contact the External Examiner team.

Fees and expenses

Guidance on claiming fees and expenses incurred.

Suggested Fee Payments to External Examiners

Appointing External Examiners

Guidance for Schools on the appointment of external examiners including nomination forms.


We request that all newly appointed External Examiners attend an Induction event.  A virtual event took place in November 2022 and this was recorded for reference.  All External Examiners should now have received a link to the recording of this event, but please contact us if you require it.

Degree Apprenticeships

In April 2022 a presentation was delivered by Emma Weston, the University Academic Director for Degree Apprenticeships (PFHEA), aimed to give guidance and support to External Examiners for Degree Apprenticeships.

The contents of this presentation can be found below:

Degree Apprenticeships - External Examiner training

Degree Apprenticeships - UoN Guidance for External Examiners

University Regulations

Particularly relevant extracts from the University's Quality Manual:

Appointment and Responsibilities of External Examiners sets out the role and duties of External Examiners, together with the criteria for appointments.  The Head of School provides additional material regarding the course, such as syllabuses and marking schemes, and arrange a briefing meeting.

Regulations for Taught Courses  

Students with disabilities  

Assessment Policies  

The University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework 

Link to Programme Specifications for all Campuses


Contact details

For general enquiries email Quality and Standards. For specific duties, please contact the Head of School directly.

Related links

  • Higher Education Academy resources for external examiners  
  • QAA Quality Code - Chapter B7: External Examining





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