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External Examiner – International Foundation Programme

InstitutionNorthumbria University QA Pathway College
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 English modules listed below:

• EF3019 English for Foundation
• EF3020 Academic Practice
• EF3021 Project Module
• EF3052 Professional Development Planning

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 (academically or professionally) with expertise in either English for Academic Purposes or the subject area of Linguistics, English language testing, and IELTS
• Experience of and leadership in learning and teaching / quality assurance
• Experience of assessment development
• Active participation in a recognised professional body (e.g. British Council; Cambridge English; BALEAP, etc.) or has published research

Desirable Requirements:

• Knowledge and experience of TNE
• Previous experience in teaching and/or assessing IELTS
• 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.

Job Salary & Benefits


Further Information

The appointment will be for 4 academic years, backdated from August 2023. 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.


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

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

Closing Date11/10/2023
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