We were delighted to welcome approximately 50 of the University’s External Examiners to our 4th External Examiner Development Day held on 26th April. In addition to induction activities and a demonstration of the online External Examiner Reporting System using Qualtrack, attendees enjoyed a presentation by Professor Vic Grout, the University’s Institutional Senior External Examiner, who explained his role and some of the outcomes from last year’s round of external examining.

Harvey Woolf, of the Northern Universities Consortium (NUCCAT) and the Standards, Assessment & Classification Working Group (SACWG), reported on his research comparing the effects on student progression and performance of different algorithms for calculating module results and different regulations for reassessment and trailing credit.

Megan Dunn, from the Equality Challenge Unit of Advance HE, explained the legal and practical importance of considering competence standards when designing inclusive assessments which would accommodate disabled students.

Professor Patrick McGhee opened and closed the proceedings and many Examiners took the opportunity to engage in School-based activities at the end of the day. Thanks are due to all contributors, participants, Programme Leaders and other staff involved in helping to make the event a success.

Paul Birkett & Angela Nuttall, SEO.

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