Examining Boards

All collaborative centres will need to hold examining boards in order to consider and confirm students’ progression and final award classifications.

Examining boards are a key part of the quality assurance processes to ensure that standards are comparable with those of other schemes within the University of Wales and the UK.

Examining boards are arranged directly by the University of Wales, ideally at the start of the academic session. The academic unit is responsible for confirming the date of the examining board, issuing invites to attendees, and coordinating all subsequent travel arrangements. Examining boards can only take place once the date has been approved by the University of Wales.

This brief guide to examining boards is split into three sections:

after the examining board 


Disclosure of Marks
Collaborative centres should release confirmed marks to students within a reasonable time frame. Students should also receive timely and constructive feedback on their performance.

Confirmation of Award (undergraduate degrees)
Within 4 weeks of the date of the examining board the ORF will be processed and students will be admitted to their awards in absentia by the Vice-Chancellor. Each collaborative centre is required to upload diploma supplements/transcripts for each student receiving an award. The certificates and diploma supplements/transcripts are then sent securely to the institution, for distribution to students. 

Confirmation of Award (master’s degrees)
The mark for the dissertation (part 2) is considered and confirmed by correspondence. Marked dissertations should be sent to the Registry for onward transmission to the external examiner who will be asked to review/confirm the dissertation and internal mark within 4 weeks. Internal examiners, external examiner and chair of the examining board will all sign the Result and Report Form to confirm the Part 2 mark.

Both Part 1 and Part 2 marks contribute 50% towards the final degree classification.

Graduation Celebration
All students receiving a University of Wales award are invited to attend the annual Degree Celebration held in Cardiff.

If eligible, students may submit an appeal under the University’s Appeals Procedure.

External Examiner and Moderator Reports
All external examiners and moderators are required to complete a report for submission to the University within 4 weeks of the examining board, which will be forwarded to the collaborative centre for consideration and response.