External Examiners for Taught Programmes

External examining provides a crucial means for maintaining academic standards and is an integral part of the University’s Quality Framework. External examiners offer informed, independent and comparative views of academic standards, of assessment processes and programme structures, and of good practice and innovation. All taught programmes and components require an external examiner.

External Examiners should ensure that they are familiar with:


The Policy for the External Examining of Taught Programmes (PDF, 275kB) sets out information for schools and external examiners on nomination, appointment, reporting processes, and on roles and responsibilities. It is consistent with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) current guidelines.


‌The Procedure for the External Examining of Taught Programmes (PDF, 238kB) accompanies the Policy and is intended to provide External Examiners with additional information and guidance about their involvement with the External Examining system at Bristol. This includes information related to External Examiner appointment, induction, responsibilities and fees.


External Examiner forms and guidance 

 Staff forms and guidance

University of Bristol Staff can find external examining form templates and process notes in the Bristol Education Administration Manual (BEAM).

 Related information


If you have any questions about any aspect of the External Examining system at Bristol please email exex-admin@bristol.ac.uk.