The issue of assessment in higher education continues to generate much interest amongst academics and in the educational literature. The assessment policies adopted on specific courses and programmes will have a significant impact on the quality and amount of student learning and major implications in terms of time and resources required from teaching staff. In addition, as noted in our recent resource on using real world examples in teaching, increasing the relevance of our courses and programmes can improve students’ motivation and innovative types of assessment that promote skills and learning relevant to students’ future professional lives may contribute to this.

The Higher Education Authority’s report A Marked Improvement: Transforming assessment in higher education captures some of the reasons why we should pay more attention to assessment issues. Building on the work previously done by the Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange based at Oxford Brookes University, it also includes an ‘assessment review tool’ that can be used at departmental and programme level.

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