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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


An External Examiner, from another University, is appointed annually to each taught course Board of Examiners to oversee the examination of the whole cohort.

The Course Director or Senior Examiner will negotiate informally with a potential External Examiner. If the individual is willing, they will be nominated to the Degree Committee who in turn make a nomination to the University. It is the Education Quality and Policy office who are responsible for approval of External Examiner appointments for taught courses. Once appointment is approved, EQPO will write to the External Examiner providing the details of the appointment and a contractual letter.

The Senior Examiner for the course is the main point of reference for all details of the timetable and course content for the External Examiner.

Useful information

On completion of your duties you are required to submit a written report with a completed coversheet to the Vice Chancellor. The report will then be considered by the relevant course teaching committee and their response, together with your report, will be considered by the Degree Committee and the General Board by the end of Michaelmas Term, if possible. Any amendments agreed to the course as a result of your feedback will be actioned as quickly as possible and you may wish to comment on whether the response has been satisfactory in your report in the following year.

Guidance on the report content can be found in the Guide for External Examiners.

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Office closures

The DC 'remote' Office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 28 August 2020 for the August Bank Holiday. We reopen at 9am on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Meetings schedule

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Degree Ceremonies: