Internal Examiners

The University appoints two examiners for all research degree vivas, normally an external examiner and an internal examiner.

Where a candidate is also an academic member of staff at the University and the integrity of the examination may be considered to be compromised by the appointment of an internal examiner, the University will require the appointment of two external examiners and a chair. This is not normally required where the staff member is a GTA/GRA/Technician etc.

A chair may also be required in certain other circumstances, depending on the combined experience of the examining team.                         

Internal Examiners Must:
  • be a member of the University’s academic staff, a research fellow of the University or a clinical member of staff of the National Health Service or an academic member of staff of the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit holding an honorary position with the University Internal examiners of research students registered at an associated institution may be a member of the staff of that institution. Other honorary and emeritus staff of the University shall not be appointed as internal examiners. Former members of staff - including emeritus professors and readers - are not eligible to act as research degree examiners
  • not be the candidate's past or present supervisor - in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to identify a suitable internal examiner, a second external examiner and chair may be nominated. Members of staff who have been a member of the probation review panel of a research student registered for the degree of PhD, MD, PsyD, or MPhil may however be nominated to act as internal examiner
  • have expertise relevant to the student’s area of research and must be an experienced researcher – demonstrated through research publications – or have equivalent professional experience
  • be familiar with University policies and specifically have knowledge of the senate regulations for the degree under examination. External examiners External Examiners play an important role in ensuring that the thesis and the knowledge displayed by the candidate are comparable to those of candidates being examined for the same degree at another University and it is therefore essential that staff appointed should have the necessary expertise to fulfill this role
  • be members of the academic staff or recognised teachers of the University with experience of supervising and examining research degrees. Former members of staff - including emeritus professors and readers - are not eligible to act as research degree examiners. If it is necessary to appoint an inexperienced internal examiner, departments should ensure that the external examiner has significant experience of research degree examining
  • normally have expertise in the area of work to be examined
  • be experienced in research and have published or have equivalent professional experience
  • not be the candidate's past or present supervisor - in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to identify a suitable internal examiner, a second external examiner and chair may be nominated
  • be familiar with University policies and specifically have knowledge of University regulations for the degree under examination - please see the Regulations for Research Degrees.

Where a proposed internal examiner has no experience of examining research degrees at the University of Leicester, an exam chair shall be appointed.

Members of the Examining Team Must Not:
  • have or have had a personal relationship with the research student to be examined, any member of the student’s supervisory team or other member of the examination or (where appointed), an examination chair
  • had have substantial involvement in the work of the research student including co-authoring and collaborative activities
  • have their own work as the focus of the work of the research student to be examined

 

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