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Framework for Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education

Assessment and feedback practices are at the core of higher education (HE). Assessment provides judgement so it needs to be valid and reliable. It also supports student learning and feedback, so it should be designed to promote desirable learning behaviours, and develop subject-specific and professional competencies, as well as other graduate attributes.

This framework is designed for all stakeholders; for educators, those in charge of policy, quality assurance, and quality enhancement, and those responsible for leading education at all levels from pro vice-chancellors to programme leaders. Its effectiveness can be optimised when implemented institution-wide and integrated into programmes.

The framework is part of the Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success series.

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Has your institution identified enhancing assessment as a priority? 

Our expertise and globally recognised standards and frameworks help higher education organisations transform teaching by developing and recognising teaching excellence. We work with you – understanding your context – to enhance assessment by sharing insight and evidenced-based practice to deliver student success. 

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Project Success Stories

Developing Institutional Capability in Inclusive Assessment

Advance HE were approached by SOAS to support them in developing and introducing a new institution-wide approach to inclusive assessment. This highly collaborative change programme has resulted in SOAS adopting Advance HE’s inclusive assessment labs across the institution as an element of their validation and re-validation process.
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Related resources

Assessment and Feedback Superchargers

Designed by the University of Kent with support from Advance HE, this workshop aims to support members in developing their own 'supercharged' assessment and feedback practices.

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Impacts of higher education assessment and feedback policy and practice on students: a review of the literature 2016-2021

This literature review was part of a six-month longitudinal project for the Connect Benefit Series 2021-22 on Student Success, which focused on assessment and feedback, as well as other themes of employability, access, retention, attainment and progression, and flexible learning.

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Meet the project lead

Stuart Norton, PFHEA

Senior Consultant, Education
Advance HE
Stuart Norton
Stuart has over 18 years’ experience within higher education with extensive experience in designing and developing strategic, institutional-wide change. In his role as Senior Consultant, Education at Advance HE, he focuses on both thought leadership and providing evidence-based solutions to support institutions, educators and students.

Dr Kay Hack (PFHEA)

Lead Consultant (Education)
Advance HE
Dr Kay Hack
Kay leads a team of senior consultants to deliver a range of services to the HE sector to support strategic leadership and change in HEIs.
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