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Durham University

Welcome to Durham University's Common Awards website

Common Awards: External examiners and moderators

The University has, by definition, the power to grant degrees. As such, it is responsible for the standards of awards made in its name. To assist it to discharge that responsibility, the University appoints external examiners. Because external examiners have professional expertise and experience in designated areas of study, they are able to offer informed, independent, and impartial judgements about the appropriateness and comparability of the standards of awards.

To assure the standards of Common Awards programmes and to ensure comparability between these programmes and those offered at Durham University, equivalent protocols will be followed in respect of the assessment of Common Awards programmes as in respect of programmes offered at Durham University. This is strengthened by:

a. External Examiners who assure the standards of the individual Common Awards programmes in terms of the learning outcomes of the students in the light of the objectives of the programme(s) concerned and in comparison with programmes in the same subject area elsewhere in the UK;
b. the External Moderator who assures comparability of the standards of the students' learning outcomes across the Common Awards programmes as a whole;
c. University Liaison Officers who, inter alia, assure comparability of the standards of the students' learning outcomes with those of similar students at Durham University.

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