The HEA’s External examining handbook is a reference source for external examiners and brings together the outcomes from research and development in the field. The guidance is supported by evidence derived from the collective experience of practising examiners – staff who support the process, research studies and publications. Case studies are used to illustrate issues that can arise in external examiner practice.
In collaboration with the QAA, the HEA previously published a research report on external examiners’ understanding and use of academic standards. This work helped to inform the Review of External Examining Arrangements in the UK conducted by the HEA in 2015.