It is recommended that consideration should be given to appointing an examination advisor in all cases. The examination advisor, who shall be a member of staff of the University other than the candidate’s supervisor, will advise and assist the examiners in following University procedures (hence should be experienced and/or knowledgeable in the procedures) and chair and maintain a record of the oral examination but not otherwise act as an examiner of the thesis. The use of video recording does not obviate the need for an examination advisor.
The examination advisor should be identified on the nomination form and should normally be a member of staff from the Department, School or Faculty with substantial experience of research degree examinations at Warwick. It is also possible, where the examiners are both very experienced, to appoint an inexperienced member of staff as an examination advisor in order to gain experience of the examination process. The role of the examination advisor is described in more detail in Appendix C .
In cases where there are two external examiners an examination advisor must be appointed.
In the event that experienced examiners are nominated, Departments can recommend to the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies that an examination advisor is not appointed. In order for an internal examiner to be considered experienced, and therefore able to conduct an examination without an advisor present, they must have experience of conducting an examination at the same or higher level on at least one previous occasion at Warwick.
In addition to the above, Departments should note that students have the opportunity to request that an examination advisor be appointed for their examination. If requested, Departments should nominate an examination advisor.