The Head of School shall be responsible for ensuring that a Programme Board of Examiners is established to deal with every programme offered by the School. If a programme involves more than one School, the Heads of School shall decide which one of them shall have overall responsibility for the Programme Board.
Programme Boards receive confirmed marks from Subject Boards, and must not change marks. On the basis of the marks received, Programme Boards make decisions on progression and award for each student.
The Programme Board shall consist of one or more representative(s) from each Subject Board contributing to the Programme. For Programmes involving more than one Subject, the Chair and Secretary shall be agreed by the relevant Heads of School. The Programme Board shall include the Programme External Examiner, who will normally also be a Subject External Examiner from one of the relevant Subject Boards. The attendance of the Programme External Examiner at the Programme Board of Examiners meeting is compulsory.
In the exceptional circumstances where an external examiner feels unable to approve the progression and award decisions of a Programme Board, this should be noted by the Secretary to the Board, and urgently communicated to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs and the Pro-Vice Chancellor Education and Students.
In the interests of consistency of decision-making, Schools may wish to consider scheduling Programme Boards of Examiners which consider more than one programme, if practical.