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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook




1. Boards of Studies (departments) are responsible for "the proper conduct of examinations in the subject, the recommendation for appointment of internal and external examiners, and the provision of guidance on conventions to the Board of Examiners" (Standing Orders of Boards of Studies).

Boards of examiners

2. The responsibilities of boards of examiners are set out in Section 6.3.1 of the Learning and Teaching Handbook

External examiners/moderators

3. The responsibilities of external examiners and moderators are set out in Section 10.4 of the Learning and Teaching Handbook.

Faculty Education Committees

4. Chairs of Faculty Education Committees are responsible for:

a. reviewing the conduct of boards examiners through consideration of the minutes of boards of examiners, and reporting on this annually to Quality and Standards Sub-Committee;
b. approving the appointment of internal and external examiners who meet the University’s criteria for the appointment of such examiners;
c. considering matters relating to the examination and assessment of programmes in the faculty and for approving, or for making recommendations on such matters, to Quality and Standards Sub-Committee and Education Committee.

Quality and Standards Sub-Committee

5. Quality and Standards Sub-Committee is responsible, on behalf of Education Committee and Senate, for monitoring the conduct of assessment through consideration of reports from faculties on the minutes of boards of examiners and external examiner reports;  reports from the University’s Chief External Examiner;  and reports from the Academic Support Office on external examiner reports.  Quality and Standards Sub-Committee is responsible for reporting to Education Committee in these areas, and highlighting any issues of concern or policy that require action by Education Committee and/or Senate.

Education Committee

6. Education Committee is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of policies and guidelines relating to the assessment process.

7. Senate is "the supreme governing body of the University in all academic matters" and has the specific responsibilities "to regulate all University examinations and to appoint examiners whether external or internal" (University Statutes).