From the 2022/2023 academic year onwards, Middlesex University’s approach to external examining has a refreshed focus which provides added value inputs around assessment design, at a programme level to support good practice and enhancement. There is less of a focus on approving individual assessments and externally moderating a large volume of assessments based on all modules within a programme.
To support Programme Teams with the enhancement of their assessments and the related strategy they should have an ongoing dialogue with the external examiner. This dialogue will be supported by having an Assessment Conversation for Equity and Enhancement (ACEE) meeting with them. This will set out the priorities for the year including assessments to be reviewed and student work to be seen.
During the ACEE meeting when these will be provided to the EE. Over the time of the EEs tenure, it would be expected that the EE reviews and confirms the appropriateness of all assessments and criteria.
Programme Teams will hold discussions with their EE(s) at a meeting preceding the start of the academic year for students. This can be supplemented with further discussions throughout the year. The 2022/23 academic year is a transitional year and the timings of these meetings will differ.
In the new ACEE process, EE attendance is expected at main Programme Assessment boards, with the opportunity to attend resit boards, but their attendance at resit boards is not mandatory.
The ACEEs are an opportunity to work with the EEs to:
Body of Evidence for External Examiners
The ACEE meeting will be where the body of evidence for the EE will be confirmed:
Before the start of the academic year the following will be available to the EE:
After Assessment has been completed the following will be available to the EE: