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About External Examining at Manchester Met

External Examiners play a crucial role in the University's Quality Assurance processes, and in the maintenance of academic standards

External Examiners are appointed by the University in order to:

  • Ensure institutional and subject level maintenance of threshold academic standards, in accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and Subject Benchmark Statements;
  • Ensure that assessment tests student achievement rigorously and fairly against the intended learning outcomes, and operates in accordance with institutional policies and Assessment Regulations;
  • Verify that the standard of the University’s awards are appropriate and comparable to other Higher Education Institutions;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s academic portfolio.

Nominations and Approvals

The criteria for the appointment of External Examiners is outlined in the External Examining Policy. Nominations should be approved by the Faculty prior to submission to the Academic Standards Team for institutional approval.

Nominations should be provided on one of the proforma below, accompanied by a CV and evidence of Right to Work in the UK:



The University requires each External Examiner to complete a report on an annual basis.

Report templates can be downloaded as Microsoft Word documents below:

Reports previously submitted to the University are publicly available on request. Please contact

Fees and Expenses

External Examiner claims for fees and expenses are submitted using the Fin1E claim form. Claims will only be processed following submission of a completed External Examiner Report. Please click here for details of travel and subsistence rates.

The private car use declaration should be completed by examiners using their own vehicles for official Manchester Metropolitan University business.

For assistance with queries relating to the fees payable and for details of the address to which the completed claim form should be submitted, please contact

Support for Examiners

The University's External Examining Handbook provides an overview of the support and resources available for new and existing Examiners. There is also a guide available on the University's Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).