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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Engaging External Examiners

As part of the University's compliance with UK Employment legislation, all External Examiners must provide their evidence for their Right to Work if they will be undertaking the paid employment in the UK.This guidance is designed to help departments to engage external examiners and to provide visiting examiners the information they may need.

For further information please refer to Guidance on Engaging External Examiners

Non-EEA Nationals working in the UK and who hold a Work Permit/Certificate of Sponsorship with another Academic Institution can undertake External Examining/work at Durham under the current "Supplementary" rules in the Tier 2 guidance. Please refer to the Guidance on Engaing External Examiners on the process involved.

Non-EEA Nationals who do not currently hold a Work Permit/Certificate of Sponsorship with another Academic Institution may be able to do so under the following route:

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor (PPE)

The category of visitors undertaking permitted paid engagements is for a defined list of visitors who are invited to come to the UK because of their particular skills and expertise. They may apply to come here for up to 1 month without the need to be sponsored under the points-based system.

This route allows visitors to undertake short-term, fee-paid engagements which fall under one or more of the permissible activities:

  • Give one/short series of paid lectures specific to the visitor’s field of expertise provided it is not a teaching role;
  • Examine students or participate in and/or chair a selection panel provided they are highly qualified in their field of expertise

The individual must be invited by a UK higher education institution. In addition to the University’s letter of invitation, the individual is required to provide a number of other documents with the visa application.

Permitted Paid Engagement – Required Documents

Visa entry conditions

PPE visitors must:

  • Intend to leave the UK at the end of their period of visit
  • Not exceed the maximum time permitted;

Business visitor – 6 months

PPE Visitors – 1 month

  • Be able to maintain and accommodate themselves (and any dependents) without using public fund
  • Be able to meet the cost of an onward or return journey
  • Not intend to live in the UK for extended period as through frequent or successive visits
  • Not intend to take paid or unpaid employment
  • Not intend to undertake a course of study as the main purpose of the visit
  • Not be in transit to a county outside the common travel area.

Immigration checks

All visitors to the university coming from outside the EEA under the Academic, Business or PPE visitor routes are required to have an enhanced eligibility check when they arrive and before they perform any work if applicable under the terms of their visa.