The Future for External Examining and the Higher Education Academy
|Published in||Issue 2 Summer 2005: Enhancing the Student Experience|
|Date Published||July 2005|
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...