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Chalkboard and lightbulbCurated by a range of stakeholders from across both academic and professional services teams, this resource aims to provide you with guidance and information to support the assessment and feedback journey from the design of inclusive, accessible assessment to the management of assessment activities and feedback methods through to reflecting on your module/course.


FeedbackThis resource is maintained by the Academic Development & Diversity Team on behalf of our stakeholders. If you’d like to become a stakeholder and contribute to this resource, have a suggestion for content or just want to offer feedback, click the feedback button and let us know!

This resource is split between:


Course Design

Setting (module level)

  • Module assessment: learning outcomes * criteria and type * tasks and methods * verification and moderation
  • Regulations: tariff * word limits * university grade descriptors * rubrics 
  • Feedback: design and types of feedback
  • Re-assessments: departmental assessment boards (DABs) * extensions (request to repeat an assessment attempt (RRAA) and request to extend a submission deadline (RESD) * referrals * deferrals * continuing * sub-tasks * in-module retrieval * grade-based assessment
  • Assessment scheduling: task clustering * statement * group work * examinations * calendar * to-do list 

Supporting students

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • IT equipment and display screen assessment (DSE)
  • Student Wellbeing 

Submitting / Sitting

Marking / Feedback

Reflecting and Reviewing

Assessment reflections: annual review * course and module review (CMR) * module evaluation questionnaires (MEQs) * departmental periodic reviews * student attainment / voice * student surveys * external examiners * college and departmental * next steps

News, development and networking opportunities 

May 2022: Advance HE have published their Impacts of Higher Education Assessment and Feedback Policy and Practice on Students: A review of literature 2016-2021 which provides an insight into the literature recognising that assessment and feedback practices are amongst the most powerful levers educators have for improving student learning. Read more about our Advance HE Membership Benefits

Take a look at the upcoming Assessment and Feedback events and activities on our Academic Essentials Events SharePoint page. 

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Last updated: 21 June 2022 NB