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College Chief External Examiner

The College’s Chief External Examiner has a broad remit and provides a strategic oversight of the soundness and robustness of the College’s assessment framework. 

Appointment details:

  • Attending Academic Standards Sub-Committee, contributing to discussions on regulations and assessment policies
  • Providing advice on assessment and progression regulations and guidance relating to Assessment Board and Assessment Sub-Board meetings
  •  Contributing to discussions on any perceived grade inflation within the College, including providing advice on sector comparisons
  •  Contributing to discussions when a review is undertaken on the College’s degree algorithm
  •  Providing external oversight of the College’s Degree Outcome Statement
  •  Providing advice on sector developments relating to assessment
  •  Reviewing Faculty summaries of External Examiner reports and providing input into the annual summary report of External Examiner reports (UG and PGT)
  •  Chairing an annual meeting with Faculty Chief External Examiners
  •  The College Chief External Examiner will usually be appointed for a period of four-years, with no option for extension Normally the appointment will commence upon the expiry of the appointment of the previous College Chief External Examiner and will coincide with the start of the academic year
  •  An annual fee of £1500 will be paid for the Chief External Examiner role upon receipt of a report – timings TBC

 The College’s chief examiner role plays no role in the verification of academic standards or in the award of degree qualifications by Assessment Sub-Boards.  

The role will not normally include:  

  • Oversight and commenting of student assessment
  • Reviewing or commenting on student results or award decisions
  • Scrutinising the activities of individual External Examiners
  • Commenting on the judgements of individual External Examiners
  • Meeting with individual students

Eligibility criteria:

  • An appointee should have a minimum of three years’ experience as an External Examiner (either at King’s College London or another UK HEI). Overseas appointees will not be considered
  • An appointee must have an appropriate level of academic and/or professional expertise and should be recognised as a figure of authority in their subject area
  • An appointee should be able to comment on the effectiveness of processes across disciplines (including those outside their own subject area) and across range of delivery methods
  • If an appointee has recently retired, they must demonstrate how they have retained an ongoing involvement in UK HEI activity, thereby ensuring the currency of their knowledge and skills
  • An appointee shall not hold a current external examiner role with King’s College London*

*Current External Examiners who are coming to the end of their tenure will be considered.

Application process:

  1.  Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can complete and return the below application form with accompanying documents via email to arqs@kcl.ac.uk
  2.  Applications will be considered by the Chair of College Academic and Standards Committee, on behalf of the Vice-President and Vice-Principal Education
  3.  Once the appointment has been approved, confirmation will be sent to the successful candidate by the QSE team

Application deadline: 1st May 2022

The application form can be found below. 

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