If the CHEAC considers that an external review of the examination is required to reconcile the examiners’ reports, the Committee may recommend the appointment of an adjudicator (refer to Schedule Two (PDF)).
An adjudicator is not an additional examiner, but a discipline expert nominated to evaluate the soundness of the initial two examiners’ recommendations. Adjudicators assess whether the examiners have:
- appropriately assessed the substance of the candidate’s submission;
- erred in their judgement of the submission;
- reviewed the work at a level appropriate to the degree; and
- made their recommendation in accordance with the RMIT examiner guidelines.
The classification outcomes available to the adjudicator are limited by the recommendations given by the original two examiners (refer to Schedule Three (PDF)).
You are required to complete an academic response to the negative aspects of the examiners’ reports. The adjudicator will receive your document as part of the package provided to them to complete their adjudication. It is in your best interests to complete your response and email it to the SGR Examinations Office within a quick turnaround; we recommended eight weeks.
The senior supervisor is responsible for nominating and appropriate adjudicator, they will be subject to the same COI guidelines and checks as external examiners.
In assessing the examination, the adjudicator completes a report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the examiners’ reports. This adjudicator report will be used by the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Training and Development, SGR to provide the candidate with a classification.