External advisers must:
- be able to provide appropriate subject or industry expertise with sufficient authority to command respect in the discipline and/or profession;
- be familiar with current, national standards and procedures in Higher Education and/or professional training;
- have an impartial view and have had no involvement in the development of the proposal or other close relationship with the department.
Where possible, academic advisers should have prior experience in validation or review activities.
External advisers are selected by the chair of the validation or review panel, normally from a list of nominees provided by the department, although the Chair may also seek advice and nominations from other authorities, such as the HEA Subject Network or professional body, or a senior discipline specialist at another University of London college.
External advisers on validation and review panels have full access to the documentation and play a full and equal part in the process. They are advisers to the College and cannot overturn any decisions already taken in principle, but their advice would always be seriously considered.