Each University examination must appoint an exam board which is comprised of a Chair of Examiners and a body of internal and external examiners (with the exception of First Public Examinations, which do not require an external examiner). The composition of any exam board must accord with the supervisory body/nominating committee’s standing orders.
Exam boards may also optionally appoint assessors to assist in the performing of examining duties.
Full guidance relating to examiner appointments is available from the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations (see Examination Regulations) and the Policy and Guidance for Examiners and others involved in University Examinations.
The Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations (Examination Regulations) set out the regulatory framework for the nomination and appointment of examiners and assessors.
The relevant sections are:
E&A will send either the standing order template or the existing standing orders submitted in the previous year to the Senior Nominator of each nominating committee/supervisory body at the end of June, alongside the documentation for nominating Chairs of Examiners.
The Senior Nominator must complete the template and return it to E&A at email@example.com prior to, or at the same time as, submitting the Chair nomination forms, and in any event no later than 1 October.
The nominations of all Chairs of Examiners are subject to formal approval from the Proctors. Chairs of Examiners must not carry out any part of their duties until their appointment is confirmed on the Examiner Appointments and Payments WebLearn site.
Please see Part 5 of the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations.
For joint school examinations where the Chair of Examiners is nominated on a rotating basis between multiple nominating committees, E&A will indicate on the nomination forms which of the nominating committees is to nominate the Chair of Examiners for any particular academic year.
Any queries which the Proctors may have on the nominations will be sent to E&A in the first instance. E&A will then forward all queries to the relevant department, requesting the submission of a clear response for forwarding to the Proctors prior to confirming the Proctors’ decision.
The nomination of any examiner and assessor which meets the eligibility criteria outlined in Part 3.1 and Part 7.2 of the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations will not require approval from the Proctors.
E&A will provide a list of all existing examiners (including Chair of Examiners) and assessors who have held an appointment within the previous five academic years with the relevant nomination forms.
For each of the nominees who require formal approval from the Proctors (ie new examiners/assessors), departments must submit a supporting information form for internal examiners detailing the role that the nominee will have in the examination, the level of prior teaching and examining experience, and the methods by which the department will provide guidance and support.
Examiners or assessors must not carry out any examining duties until their appointment has been listed on the Examiner Appointments and Payments WebLearn site.
Please See Part 3 of the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations.
Please see Part 7 of the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations.
Process for appointing Assessors:
In FHS examinations, the Chair of the main school for any particular nominating committee may authorise the nomination of assessors to all the joint schools which require assessors to be appointed from the same nominating committee. For example, the Chair of Examiners for FHS History may authorise the appointment/nomination of assessors for the History components of the examinations in FHS History & English, FHS History & Modern Languages, FHS History & Politics, etc.
Please see Annex H of the Policy and Guidance for examiners and others involved in University Examinations.
All Postgraduate Research (PGR) student appointments are for one term only and will require formal approval by the Proctors for each term in which they are to act. All nominations of PGR student assessors must be treated as a ‘new appointment’ each term.
PGR student nominations must be submitted to E&A accompanied by a completed supporting information form for PGR students which must clearly detail the support and guidance which the student nominee will receive from a senior member of academic staff. If the same PGR student is nominated in a subsequent term, a new supporting information form for PGR students must be completed and submitted with the nomination form.
The use of Postgraduate Research (PGR) students to carry out examining duties on Postgraduate (PG) taught courses should only be considered as a last resort where all other possible solutions have been exhausted. In exceptional cases where a PGR student is nominated to carry out examining duties on PG taught courses, this must be clearly indicated to the E&A team and submitted with the appropriate supporting information form. The form must clearly outline the nature of the circumstances, and why they are exceptional.
Please see Part 6 of the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations and Annex J of the Policy and Guidance for examiners and others involved in University Examinations.
Every examination except First Public Examinations must have at least one external examiner appointed to act in the role of arbiter of standards.
Senior nominators must ensure that external examiners are available to attend the relevant exam board meetings when confirming their appointments. As such, it is important that exam board meeting dates are confirmed as early as possible.
The same process for appointment of internal examiners also applies to external examiners.
New appointment of External Examiners
All new appointments of external examiners will require formal approval from the Proctors. When nominating an external examiner for a new appointment, the nominating committee/supervisory body must submit a copy of the nominee’s CV and a completed supporting information form for externals detailing the role of the external examiner in the examination and their level of teaching/examining expertise.
External Examiners within the three or four years’ term of office
Approval from the Proctors will not be required when confirming the appointment of externals within the term of their original appointment, ie for the second, third or fourth year of their existing appointment on the examination. In these instances, the externals will be listed in the external examiners table on the nomination forms (see instructions tab on the examiner nomination form for full instructions) for the supervisory body/nominating committee to re-appoint directly as ‘existing’ external examiners.
Extending an External Examiner’s appointment for a fifth year
The term of office outlined in regulation for external examiners is three or four years. The supervisory body/nominating committee may request permission from the Proctors to extend the term of office for an external examiner to an exceptional fifth year. The request must be submitted to E&A and will be subject to the Proctors’ approval. The supervisory body/nominating committee is required to submit an explanation for any such request, and should be advised that it is at the Proctors’ discretion whether such requests are approved.
It is a legal requirement that appropriate right to work (RTW) checks must have taken place before an individual conducts any examining work. Departments are responsible for carrying out RTW checks for any individual who is to conduct examining work, and for providing this information to E&A when requested.
Departments/divisions must also ensure that a physical copy of the RTW is retained.
Once E&A has the appropriate confirmation indicating that a satisfactory RTW check has been completed, the appointment will be confirmed (please see note below for external examiners).
Departments must ensure that Chairs of Examiners, examiners, and assessors do not carry out any examining work until their appointments have been confirmed. Confirmed appointments are published by E&A in the ‘Confirmed Appointments 2018-19 folder on the Examiner Appointments and Payments WebLearn site.
Note: If required, the RTW check for any external examiner can be carried out by the department and confirmed to E&A at the point of their arrival in Oxford for the first time.
Departments and colleges can rely on each other’s RTW checks for examiners/assessors appointed to undergraduate courses as casual workers if the following conditions are met prior to undertaking work:
A department cannot use copies of RTW if:
Departments may request changes to be made to the composition of confirmed exam boards providing that the requests are submitted with adequate notice for the changes to be processed. This includes requests for reducing the number of examiners appointed to the exam board (eg for the purpose of assessing re-sit examinations) or replacing appointed examiners.
To remove examiners with confirmed appointments from the exam board, the Senior Nominator must email the request to E&A at firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly the name of the examiner(s) to be removed. Please ensure that the remaining composition will not contravene the minimum requirements outlined in the standing orders or the Examination Regulations.
To replace examiners with confirmed appointments, the Senior Nominator must email the request to E&A at email@example.com. The email must clearly state the name of examiners to be replaced, and a supplementary version of the examiner nomination form must be submitted to nominate the replacement examiners as per the normal examiner nomination process (see instruction tab on the nomination form).
Chair (examiner payment) forms should be submitted as soon as possible after the exam board has met, to ensure examiners and assessors are recompensed promptly for the work they have conducted.
Fees for examining are published on the Examiner Appointments and Payments WebLearn site. Payments are made to an exam board and all assessors once the “Chair form” (payment request form) for the exam board has been completed and authorised by the Chair of Examiners and financial counter-signatory, and processed by E&A.
Chair forms are issued to departments by E&A and will only list members of an exam board, as well as assessors, for whom appointments have been published in the ‘Confirmed Appointments 2018-19 folder on the Examiner Appointments and Payments WebLearn site.
Departments must attribute payments to the examiners and assessors listed according to the categories of examining work which each individual conducted for the examination in question. If an identical exam board and/or set of assessors were appointed on multiple examinations departments may attribute all the payments owed to the individuals on one form. Care must be taken to ensure that attributions of examining work are not duplicated on multiple chair forms, as this will result in overpayment.
Departments are not permitted to add/remove the names of any examiners or assessors which are listed on a Chair form. If departments believe that any Chair form is inaccurate, they must notify E&A at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Each Chair form must be double-authorised – firstly by the Chair of Examiners, and secondly by the appropriate financial counter-signatory for the department (as per the Counter-signatories for Chair forms(WEBLEARN SITE UNAVAILABLE)). The forms should then be submitted to E&A at email@example.com.
Note: Departments should note that E&A will only process forms where evidence of both individuals’ authorisation is clearly provided in the e-mail chain.
The dates listed below are the deadlines by which completed and authorise chair forms must be received by the Examiner Appointments and Payments Team in order for examining fee payments to be exported in the following month's payroll.
For all queries relating to examiner appointments and payments, please contact Examiner appointments and payments team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have urgent query, please contact:
75 – 81 High Street
Exam Administration and Services: email@example.com
Exam Operations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examiner Appointments and Payments: email@example.com