National Student Surveys indicate that assessment and feedback across the HE sector are perceived as significantly less satisfactory than all other areas of the student experience. Student experiences of assessment and feedback in their first year are also critical for retention. This project aims to improve assessment for first-year students at Leeds Metropolitan University and its partner FE colleges, and to produce customisable resources to help other HE institutions to do the same.
We aim to close the gap between students' pre-entry expectations and their perceptions of assessment/feedback during their first year. The project will also raise student and staff awareness of the purposes of assessment/feedback; disseminate techniques to help staff achieve better student engagement with assessment/feedback; and elicit student and staff perceptions of assessment/feedback before, during and after the first year to inform the redesign of practice. A national centre of expertise in first-year assessment and feedback will be established.
Students will be included in the project team as paid researchers, and will be encouraged to co-present findings and collaborate in writing journal articles.