Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 8: External examiners: what do they do and how does someone become one?

Mark Crowder


This chapter explores the role of external examiners within the UK – what they do and how they do it. The literature is contradictory, and there is confusion and a lack of understanding of how the system works, and this has been reflected in comments gathered for this book from experienced external examiners. The foundation of this chapter is an in-depth analysis of comments made on an online discussion forum, which are explored by current external examiners. Thus, the chapter directly addresses real-life concerns, and will therefore help academics understand what might be expected of them if they take an external position. It also offers academics advice on how to gain their first external position – something which is not always straightforward.

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