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Right to Work in the UK checks for External Examiners (UG)

All External Examiners for undergraduate studies must complete a right to work in the UK check - this guide explains how to complete these checks.

Right to Work Checks for External Examiners of UG studies

The University is legally required to ensure that all prospective members of staff are eligible to work in the UK, by checking the appropriate documentation, before they start work.

As External Examiners for undergraduate studies - referred to as External Examiners (UG) - are employed as workers so these checks apply to them. Please note that these checks do not apply to External Examiners for higher degrees (Masters and PhDs etc.) - these are referred to as External Examiners (PG) and are engaged as contractors and not employed.

We therefore require all External Examiners (UG) to prove their right to work in the UK by providing us with their original documentation or by using the Home Office Online Right to Work Checking Service, the details of which can be found under our Right to Work guidance. This information must be provided to the Programme Administrator either before or during your first visit to the University, for example at the Board of Examiners Meeting or to the Board of Examiners of Programmes. A list of approved Programme Administrators by department is available here.

The Programme Administrator will undertake the right to work check in line with the Right to Work guidance and maintain the documentation for this as is required.

Please note that due to the legislation on right to work in the UK we cannot and will not allow any External Examiner (UG) to carry out work who has not already completed a satisfactory right to work check prior to them commencing work.

If you have any queries on the documentation that you need to provide for a right to work check please contact the Staff Immigration Team.

The terms of your appointment are outlined in our QA Code of Practice (Statement 12), however further information is available from the External Examiners Induction webpage and Handbook.


If you have any questions, please contact us.