5.7 Examining Boards and External Examiners
Board of Examiners are appointed annually by Senate and are constituted in line with Regulation 9: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/section2/regulations/examiners/
First Year Board of Examiners (FYBOE)
After the examination period in the Summer Term and (as necessary) after the resit examinations in September, the performance of each first-year student within each Faculty are considered by a body called the First Year Board of Examiners. Performance is judged objectively based on the marks achieved via assessed pieces of work or tests as defined by the Senate. This is to ensure that all students entering their second year of study, where they will undertake Honours level work, have performed consistently.
There are separate First Year Boards of Examiners for the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Science. The membership is defined in Regulation 9.1 governing the constitution of Boards of Examiners for first degrees (undergraduate courses) and usually consists of the the Chair of the Faculty Undergraduate Studies Committee and representatives from the departments in the Faculty.
The First Year Board of Examiners will write (by email to the University email address) to students to confirm the decision and, in cases where students are required to take further examinations, to set out the arrangements for these.
Second Year Board of Examiners
The Board of Examiners for second years is a Departmental Board that only considers students with their home department in Statistics. The board takes recommendations from a mitigating circumstances sub-board, considers the grade profile and determines which students have met the progression requirements.
The Statistics Exam Board for second year students takes place in the week after the end of the summer term. Within two weeks of the second-year exam board, the Department will write (by email to the university email address) to those students who are permitted to proceed to the third year of the integrated master’s degree, eligible to transfer to the third year of the integrated master’s degree or are required to transfer to the BSc.
Final Year Board of Examiners
The final year board of examiners is a Departmental Board that only considers students with their home department in Statistics. It comprises staff from the Department of Statistics, external examiners and representatives from other University of Warwick departments that contribute significantly to the courses delivered by Statistics.
The final year board of examiners considers third year BSc students, third year integrated Masters students and fourth year integrated Masters students. The final year board of examiners considers and decides the classification for final year students and the progression of third year integrated Masters students into the fourth year.
MSc Board of Examiners
The MSc board of examiners is a Departmental Board that only considers students with their home department in Statistics. It comprises staff from the Department of Statistics and external examiners. It meets twice per year, once in June to determine progression to the research component of the Masters and once in the Autumn to determine classifications.
External Examiners are appointed to provide the University with assurance that:
- the academic standards of its awards are appropriate,
- standards at Warwick are comparable with those of other higher education institutions,
- assessment processes are fair and appropriate
and also to offer carefully considered advice on good practice and opportunities for enhancement.
External examiners are provided with all draft first sit and reassessment examination papers and other major elements of summative assessment that contribute to the final award for comment and approval, together with model answers (where appropriate). They are asked to scrutinise examination papers for accuracy and to confirm that intended learning outcomes are being appropriately assessed. The external examiners provide suggestions for amendments to examination papers before they are finalised.
External examiners have access to scripts and assessment material contributing to the final classifications and make a report to the Board of Examiners on the standards of marking. They do not amend individual marks but may make recommendations to audit / validate the marking and moderation process.
During the process of classification, the External Examiner ensure that special consideration is given to candidates whose performance places them at the top and bottom of the group as a whole, or whose performance falls on the borderline between two classifications or is a fail.
External Examiners are full members of the Board of Examiners. They have the right to be present at all examiners’ meetings at all stages contributing to degree classification and to participate in discussions of the Board. They are required to be present at Examinations Boards at which University awards are recommended.
External Examiners do not make judgements in relation to mitigating circumstances or academic integrity except to ensure that the University’s relevant procedures have been followed.
External Examiners confirm that they agree with the Board of Examiners’ decisions via their signature on the relevant mark lists, progression or awards documents. No award of the University can be made without the participation in the assessment process of at least one External Examiner.