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Guidance for External Examiners

External Examiners play a vital and highly valued role in assuring the standards of Northumbria awards.  On this page you will find useful information relating to the role, click on the sections below to expand and view the information and links.

Further information for staff regarding External Examiner appointments can be found here.


Contact and Enquiry Points

External Examiners should contact the relevant Faculty Registrar for all queries concerning the administration of the process. Appropriate members of academic staff (ie Programme Leader/Director) will be the contact for academic queries.  Professional support teams will be the contact for moderation and visits (including attending exam boards). Contact information is provided on the letter of appointment.


Deputy Faculty Pro Vice 

Chancellor Education

Faculty Registrar

Arts, Design and Social Sciences Professor Dean Hughes Katherine Fawcett 
Business and Law Professor Kerry Howell Melanie Davis
Engineering and Environment Professor Jane Entwhistle Muriel Campion
Health and Life Sciences Professor John Unsworth Rachel Jones


Quality and Teaching Excellence, Academic Registry, should be contacted for general queries regarding wider University policies and procedures.  Please use the following email address -

External Examiners appointed to Programme Assessment Boards will be entitled to appropriate expenses and fees at the standard University rates set out in the Fees and Expenses document linked below.  On appointment, External Examiners will be advised of appropriate administrative contacts who will provide any further advice on the process.

Claims for expenses and fees should be submitted as soon as possible after the Examination Board.  Fees will only be payable on receipt by the University of an annual report.  All claim forms will only be processed for payment if the right to work check has been completed.

Each year Academic Registry compiles overviews of external examiner annual reports at Faculty level.  These Faculty overviews contribute to a University wide summary which is considered by the Education Committee and Academic Board.  Recent University wide summaries are available below:

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