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The Role of External Examiners



At the Institutional level, the role of External Examiners in Trinity is to evaluate if academic standards are being maintained, ensure examination regulations are being followed, moderate on borderline cases and ensure that individual students are treated fairly.

The scope of External Examiners differ across Trinity Schools and further detail on the role within specific Schools can be found here.

External Examiners are required to email the Annual Report within eight weeks of completion of their examining duties to externreports@tcd.ie.

The template for the Annual Report provide guidance on the use of the report for internal and external quality assurance purposes including, where applicable, professional and statutory accreditation. External Examiners are asked to complete all sections of the report to facilitate its use for the purposes outlined and to include in the report any recommendations for improvement at programme, course or module level discussed and agreed at the Courts of Examiners.

Head of Schools, Directors of Teaching & Learning (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and, where applicable, Course Co-Ordinators/Programme Directors are required to respond in writing to the External Examiner addressing any recommendations arising from the report and detailing actions to be taken in response, if any. If the School elects not to action the External Examiners recommendation they should provide the reasons for their decision.