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External Specialists

The role of an External Specialist is to provide expert subject advice at the design stage of a programme.

The specialist will be invited to comment on the proposed programme, which will include considerations such as:

  • Academic standards
  • Relationships with any subject benchmark statement and/or relevant professional regulatory or statutory body guidelines 
  • Potential market for the programme.

The department may require the External Specialist to attend meetingswiht them, in addition to correspondence by written and other means.

External Peers

External Peers are appointed on a two-year contract in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of one further two-year period.

The role of External Peers in programme approval is to take an overview of the process and to ensure that appropriate attention is given to the setting and maintenance of academic standards during the process.

For programme reviews an External Peer will be a full member of the review panel and will carry out this role in accordance with College procedures. 

At the end of their contract External Peers will be asked to provide a report on their experience and to suggest any areas for further improvement.

Payment - External Specialists and Peers

External Specialists and Peers receive payment for their work (for External Peers this is a single annual payment). Both can also be reimbursement for expenses on submission of a claim form supported by receipts.

Payment for work/Annual fee payment

  • External Specialists and Peers will need to complete the One-Off Fee Payment Form and return it to the Quality, Standards and Enhancement office (asq@kcl.ac.uk) for approval

Expenses Claims

  • Travel expenses, supported by receipts, can be claimed on the Expenses Claim Form and should also be passed to Quality, Standards and Enhancement office for approval.

 

Faculties (Institutes/School)

Guidance for Faculties (Institutes/School) on the roles of External Specialists and External Peers is provided above, and External Peer's nomination forms can be found opposite.  The External Peer must be eligible to work in the UK.

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