Staff from across the subject areas in Modern Languages and Cultures have met to consider the results from the academic work for this year. Two weeks after the end of term, all the marks from both semesters have been reviewed and confirmed. The process is a very careful one, led by Dr Godfried Croenen, who is the Academic Lead for Assessment in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, and by Dr Tiago de Luca, who chairs the department’s Module Review Board.
The first stage of the process sees the module convenor mark all assessed work, which ranges from traditional essays, translations, and dissertations through to wikis, posters, and oral examinations. Each module has a designated moderator from within the department who then looks at all the work submitted for assessment by a cross-section of students to ensure that the marking is fair and equitable. The module convenors then prepare all the coursework and examination scripts for scrutiny by the external examiners.
The external examiners are academic staff from a wide group of UK universities, ranging from Queen’s University Belfast, Leeds, King’s College London, Leicester, Cambridge, and Cardiff. They spend two days in Liverpool, carefully reading assessed work for the range of modules taught in the department, confirming that the assessments are fair and varied, that the marking is transparent and fair-minded, and that there is parity across the subject areas.
Staff in the department and the external examiners come together for the Module Review Board in order to confirm the marking and moderating procedures and to review the marks for each module. The external examiners also have the opportunity to make comments on all aspects of teaching in the department.