Part 5.6: Assessment and Examiners

5.6.1 

Assessments

5.6.1.1   Assessments shall be held for programmes leading to the award of a degree, diploma or
             certificate of the University.

5.6.1.2  The procedure for assessing the class or division in the final assessment shall be
             determined by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the Regulations approved by
             the Senate.

5.6.1.3    The manner of conducting University assessments shall be prescribed by Regulations,
             and failure on the part of a candidate to comply with these Regulations may be
             regarded as a breach of the discipline of the University.

5.6.1.4    Candidates may not be assessed unless they have satisfied the requirements laid down
             in the Ordinances and Regulations, or have been exempted from any requirements by
             the Senate on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners concerned.

5.6.1.5    Before implementing a decision that a student should withdraw from a programme, the
             Board of Examiners shall give the student concerned, aided by another Member of the
             University (as defined in Ordinance 1.1) if so desired, an opportunity to make
             representations, in writing or in person or both, of any circumstances which might have
             affected their performance, that were unknown to the Board when the first decision was
             made.

5.6.2

Examiners for Higher Degrees

5.6.2.1   There shall be one Internal Examiner and one External Examiner for each candidate for
             a higher degree by research and thesis except where otherwise specified in the
             Regulations. The Internal Examiner shall be a member of the Academic Staff of the
             University.

5.6.2.2    Examiners for candidates for higher degrees by research and thesis shall be appointed
             by the Senate in accordance with the Regulations.

5.6.3

Examiners for Higher Doctorates

5.6.3.1  There shall be two External Examiners for each candidate for a higher doctorate except
             where otherwise specified in the Regulations.

5.6.3.2    Examiners for candidates for higher doctorates shall be appointed by the Senate in
             accordance with the Regulations.

5.6.4

Examiners for other Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other Awards and Distinctions

5.6.4.1  The External Examiners of the University shall be appointed by the Senate on the
             recommendation of the Learning and Teaching Committee concerned for each
             programme leading to a degree, diploma or certificate of the University. They shall be
             appointed for up to four years.

5.6.4.2    The Internal Examiners of the University for degrees, diplomas or certificates of the
             University shall be appointed from among members of the Academic Staff or Visiting
             Academic Staff of the University, other categories of the teaching staff of the University
             and the Staff of Partner Institutions approved by the Senate for the purpose.

5.6.4.3    The Internal Examiners shall be responsible for co-ordinating the preparation and
             marking of the assessment papers in their subject areas, for consulting the External
             Examiner where appropriate and for making recommendations to the Board of
             Examiners.

5.6.5

Boards of Examiners

5.6.5.1  Other than for higher doctorates and higher degrees by research and thesis, there shall
            be a Board of Examiners for each stage of a programme leading to a degree, diploma or
            certificate of the University.

5.6.5.2  The Board of Examiners for non-final stages of the programme shall be responsible for
            assessing each candidate’s performance, determining the candidate's progression on
            the programme and taking such further decisions as may be required by the Regulations,
            and for such other matters as may be delegated to it by the Senate.

5.6.5.3  The Board of Examiners for the final stage of the programme shall be responsible for
            assessing each candidate’s performance, determining the award classification and taking
            such further decisions as may be required by the Regulations, and for such other matters
            as may be delegated to it by the Senate.

5.6.6

Membership of Boards of Examiners

5.6.6.1  The Board of Examiners shall include the External Examiner(s) for the programme.

5.6.6.2  Members of the Boards of Examiners other than the External Examiner(s) shall be
            appointed from among members of the Academic Staff or Visiting Academic Staff of the
            University, other categories of the teaching staff of the University and the Staff of Partner
            Institutions approved by the Senate for the purpose. Other staff of the University or
            Partner Institutions may be in attendance.

5.6.6.3  The Boards of Examiners and the Chair and Deputy Chair thereof shall be appointed by
            the Senate on the recommendation of the Learning and Teaching Committee concerned
            or, in the case of combined degrees, on the recommendation of the appropriate
            Management Group.

5.6.6.4  The University will prescribe the scope, membership and responsibilities of Boards of
            Examiners.

5.6.7

Procedures of Boards of Examiners

5.6.7.1  The quorum for a Board of Examiners shall be at least two-thirds of the approved Board.
            The quorum for all meetings shall include the Chair, Deputy Chair or a substitute
            approved by Senate.

5.6.7.2  Decisions of Board of Examiners shall be taken by a simple majority of votes of those
            present and voting. The Chair does not vote in the first instance but shall have the
            casting vote in instances where there is an equality of votes for and against.

5.6.7.3  Within the provisions of the General Regulations and the Regulations for the particular
            programme, the decisions of the Boards of Examiners shall be final.

5.6.7.4  University Regulations may further prescribe the procedures of Boards of Examiners.

5.6.8

Academic Appeals

5.6.8.1  Academic Appeals Procedures shall make provision for dealing with appeals from
            students against the decisions of Boards of Examiners for undergraduate and
            postgraduate programmes. The procedures will specify the permitted grounds for appeal
            and that there shall be no right of appeal against the academic judgement of examiners.