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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook

6.2.1: Postgraduates as Markers

1. Postgraduate students are not ex officio members of boards of examiners and may not normally be appointed members of boards of examiners.

2. Postgraduate students may mark summative preliminary honours work. However, all such marking must be double marked or moderated by an alternative method. This should be in line with the University's Policy for the Quality Assurance of Examinations and Assessment (Learning and Teaching Handbook Section 6.1.1) and the departmental/school policy prepared in the light of the University Policy.

3. Postgraduate students marking summatively assessed work must be given guidance by an appropriate member of academic staff such as his/her mentor, the module teacher or the chair of the board of examiners. This person should take responsibility for any discussion of the marks with the external examiner or within the board of examiners.

4. Postgraduate students may not normally mark summative work for final honours or other postgraduate students. Cases for exceptions must be made in writing to the chair of the relevant Faculty Education Committee.

5. Postgraduate students may mark formative work. In such cases they should be given clear guidance about the use of departmental/school assessment criteria and their marking must be effectively moderated.