External examiners

External Examiners have an integral role to play in ensuring academic standards and quality assurance of the validated courses that are delivered at the Trust.

According to the Quality Assurance Agency in Chapter B7 of the Quality Code, external examining ‘provides one of the principal means for maintaining UK academic standards…External examining is therefore an integral and essential part of institutional quality assurance’.

Although the role varies slightly depending on the University Validating Partner, there are several common factors:

  • External examiners receive and approve all assessment tasks
  • External examiners receive a sample of all assessment completed by students and marked by internal markers that contribute to the final award (‘Summative’ assessment)
  • External examiners write an annual report  commenting on the level, quality and standards of the assessment and the teaching and learning on the course
  • External examiners attend Assessment Boards or Exam Boards
  • External examiners cannot change individual student marks
  • External examiner tenure lasts for four years
  • In order to maintain objectivity, external examiners must have no association with the Institution for five years prior to appointment and there must be no reciprocal arrangements

Given their vital role, it is essential that external examiners are suitable for appointment and do not have any associations with the Trust which may cause a conflict of interest. Therefore, there are strict criteria for appointment, which can be found at the relevant University pages:

  1. The Course Lead receives an email reminding them that their external examiner’s tenure is due to expire
  2. Course Leads consult the criteria for appointment , and approach suitable candidates
  3. Once initial contact is made, the Course Lead lets the Quality Unit know and the candidate is sent a nomination form
  4. The candidate completes relevant sections* of the nomination form and returns the form to the Course Lead who completes the rest of the form, before returning the completed form to the Quality Unit
  5. The form is then (for UEL courses) considered by the Trust Academic Governance and Quality Assurance Committee
  6. The form is signed by relevant stakeholders
  7. The form is sent to the relevant validating University for approval.
  8. Once approved, the appointment letter, contract and other information is sent to the new external examiner
  9. The external examiner is invited to attend an induction event
  10. The external examiner brings their proof of ‘right to work’ on their first visit to the Trust

We appoint external examiners for all of our university validated courses.

The role of the examiner is principally to assure the quality and standards of learning and teaching on the course in providing a valuable outside perspective. External examiners attend Course Assessment Boards or Exam Boards, and Registration Boards where research proposals are considered. We draw on a wide range of academics or professionals in the field to act as External Examiners.

As part of our annual reviewing of our academic portfolio, we produce an overview report of external examiner reports at a Trust strategic level as well as at course level.

Overview reports

2015-16 External Examiner Overview Report

2014-15 External Examiner Overview Report 

2013-14 External Examiner Overview Report

2012-13 External Examiner Overview Report

Individual course reports for the academic year 2016/17

GradDip/GradCert Emotional Care of Babies, Children, Young People and Families (EC1)

MA Emotional factors in learning and teaching (D1)
Awaiting Report


MA Consulting and leading in organisations: psychodynamic and systemic approaches (D10)


DProf Consultation and the organisation (D10D)


MA in Group Work (D11) - no longer running


PgCert Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice (D24)
Awaiting Report

MA From safeguarding to permanence – psychodynamic and systemic therapeutic practice with children in complex settings (M22)


PgDip Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (D4)
Awaiting Report


DProf Social work and emotional wellbeing (D60)

MA Social work and emotional wellbeing (D60M)

DProf Social care and emotional wellbeing (D50)

MA Social care and emotional wellbeing (D50M)
Awaiting Report


MA Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (D58)


Advanced Diploma The dynamics of mental health practice (D65)
Awaiting Report


MA Psychoanalytic studies (M16)


MA Psychodynamic approaches to working with adolescents (M33)
Awaiting Report


MA Psychological therapies with children, young people and families (M34)



DProf Child, community and educational psychology (M4) and DProf Child and educational psychology (M5)



MA Systemic psychotherapy (M6)


MA Psychoanalytic observational studies (M7)


DProf Child psychoanalytic psychotherapy (M80)

Awaiting Report


MA Infant mental health (M9)


DProf Systemic psychotherapy (M10)
Awaiting Report