External Examiners

Taught Courses


The University requires the participation of at least one external examiner in the examining process for all its qualifications.

The input and contributions of external examiners are of great importance to the quality management of Kent’s courses as it is a key means of ensuring that:

  • the academic standard for each award and its component parts is set and maintained by the University at the appropriate level and that student performance is properly judged against this;
  • the assessment process measures student achievement appropriately against the intended outcomes of the course, and is rigorous, fairly operated and in line with the institution’s policies and regulations;
  • the University is able to compare the standards of its awards with those of other higher education institutions.

Fees and expenses

Payment request form for External Examiners of Undergraduate Courses - available as Word Document Microsoft Word Document

Payment request form for External Examiners of Postgraduate Taught Courses - available as Word Document Microsoft Word Document

Payment of fees and expenses will only be made once an annual report has been submitted. External Examiners are expected to advise us of their date of birth, home address and National Insurance Number (if they have one). Full bank account details must also be provided. Kent's Pay Office is unable to make payments without this information.

External Examiners may claim travel costs and other reasonable expenses. The mileage rate for use of private cars is 45p per mile but public transport should be used wherever possible. Original receipts for all expenditure must be attached to the payment request form.



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Last Updated: 02/11/2022