The Future for External Examining and the Higher Education Academy

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  • Howard Colley (The Higher Education Academy)
Published in Issue 2 Summer 2005: Enhancing the Student Experience
Date Published July 2005
Pages 4


By Howard Colley, Senior Advisor from the Higher Education Academy


The 2003 White Paper on the Future of Higher Education recognised external examiners as ‘the guardians of the public purse and of the reputation of UK higher education’. Such expectation from the government reflects considerable faith in the external examining system and places considerable responsibility on the shoulders of external examiners. Whilst it is gratifying to have Government acknowledge the value of external examiners there is no doubt that their collective shoulders are bent by the load of assessment...