A sustainable approach for HEPs to adopt the professional development of external examiners
Higher education institutions can adopt and deliver the professional development course for external examiners by means of a ‘Develop the Developer’ programme. The programme involves two developers (new facilitators) at an institution, completing the professional development course for external examiners and then taking part in the following stages:
+ online activities and reading to prepare for their role;
+ a regional workshop for delivering the course on a long-term basis;
+ assisted course – new facilitators deliver the course to academic staff at their home institution, working with an Advance HE mentor;
+ observed course – new facilitators deliver the course again at their home institution with support from an Advance HE mentor.
Please click here to find out which institutions have adopted our programme.
The benefits to institutions
As a result of committed participants attending the course, the institution will have:
+ two qualified facilitators who can keep delivering the training to their institution’s staff;
+ the foundation of a community of practice to enhance assessment, with the potential to build further internal and external networks;
+ the chance for collective reflections on institutional practices of assessment and marking, which have the potential to change institutional practices.
Engagement in the developer training will enable you to demonstrate:
+ Sound knowledge and understanding of the relevant policy, research and issues in external examining and academic standards;
+ Familiarity with and sufficient commitment to PDC materials and activities to communicate key messages convincingly;
+ Practical command of the process to enable effective facilitation, e.g course preparation and organisation, accurate presentations, clear task instructions, time management, working with partner facilitator, fostering active engagement of all participants, judicious use of examples from personal experience;
+ Skilful management of the plenary discussions and confident responses to participants’ questions to maintain a focus on, communicate and/or reinforce key messages;
+ Ability to maintain a focus on external examining;
+ Commitment to critical reflection on personal facilitation, identification of appropriate development needs and collaborative development of the PDC.
Who should attend
We welcome higher education providers based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to become the ‘new adopters’ of the programme. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to get on board as our institutional partner.
29 UK higher education providers have adopted the Professional Development Course to train their own staff to become external examiners. They are:
|Higher education provider|
|Hartpury College||King's College London||Anglia Ruskin University|
|Liverpool John Moores University||Manchester Metropolitan University||Newcastle College|
|Sheffield Hallam University||Sunderland College||Trinity Laban|
|University of Gloucestershire||University of Hertfordshire||University of Leicester|
|University of Salford||University of South Wales||University of the Arts London|
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||Queen's University Belfast||University of Bolton|
|York St John University||Liverpool John Moores University||Open University|
|Wrexham Glyndwr University||University of Reading||City, University of London|
|University of Portsmouth||University of West London||Oxford Brookes|
|University of Bristol||University of Liverpool|
Read our case studies
Read about how the professional development course for external examiners was implemented in these institutional case studies: