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External Examiner – Humanities and Social Sciences Pathway

InstitutionQA Pathway College - Northumbria University
Job TypeFixed term

Job Details

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a level 3 programme designed to prepare university students for degree-level study in the UK. The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their English language and study skills, combined with the study of their subject specific modules for their target degrees. Our current IFP Pathways include Art, Design and Media, Applied Science, Business and Law, Computing, Engineering, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Northumbria University is looking to appoint an External Examiner for the Humanities and Social Science modules listed below:

• EF3033 Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences
• EF3027 Introduction to Cross-cultural Communication

The successful candidate will be expected to fulfil varied commitments (e.g. moderation and standardisation) across multiple student intakes over the entire academic year.

Essential Requirements:

• Suitable qualifications (academic or professional) with expertise in the subject area
• Experience of and leadership in learning and teaching / quality assurance
• Experience of assessment development
• Active participation in a recognised professional body (e.g. AdvanceHE, British Council; BALEAP, etc.) or has published research

Desirable Requirements:

• Knowledge and experience of TNE
• Previous experience in teaching and/or assessing Humanities and Social Sciences at Level 3 (QAA)
• External examiner experience within the past 5 years, including participation in recognised development programme/training

As subject External Examiner, you will be involved in the approval of assessments, moderation of student work, completion of annual monitoring reports and may be invited to attend examination boards.

Please note that we cannot accept applications from anyone employed by the following institutions where there is an existing association:

Bishop Grosseteste University
Coventry University
Leeds Beckett University
Royal College of Art
The Open University
University of Bristol
University of East Anglia UEA
University of Huddersfield
University of Oxford
University of Reading
University of Stirling

Job Salary & Benefits


Further Information

The appointment will be for 4 academic years from August 2024. If you are interested in applying (or to request further information), please send a CV (maximum 4 pages) covering the points listed below to :

• Your contact details – postal address, telephone, email address for correspondence;
• Present post and employment history;
• Qualifications and professional memberships;
• External examiner experience within the past 5 years, including participation in recognised development programme/training;
• Teaching experience and responsibilities within the past 5 years, eg subject/modules taught, module tutor role;
• Quality assurance experience within the past 5 years: design/setting/internal moderation of assessments, Module Leader, Course/Programme Leader, approval/validation/review activity or panel membership (internal and external), collaborative/franchise partner activity, committee membership, any other quality assurance capacity;
• Research and related scholarly activity or professional/consultancy within the past 5 years;
• For degree / higher apprenticeship programmes – please ensure your relevant occupational experience and professional body registrations are evident;
• A covering paragraph outlining your suitability, to include indication of any association between yourself and the Northumbria Department. Maximum 500 words, to be incorporated and not as a separate document.

The closing date is Friday 14th June

Further information about the external examiner role can be found at:

Closing Date14/06/2024
Interview Date
Start Date

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