Time for a Change
Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder
Chapter 8: External examiners: what do they do and how does someone become one?
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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