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Student Partnerships in Assessment

Supporting the development of assessment models and practices within higher education institutions.

As the higher education sector continues to navigate through the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, our Student Partnerships in Assessment global member benefit initiative, launching in April and running through to June, aims to support Advance HE member institutions around the globe to engage in conversation about getting started with embedding student partnerships in assessment.

We invite all Advance HE member institutions to engage in dialogue about assessment in higher education, with a particular focus on the benefits and challenges of embedding students as partners in the development of assessment.

Member institutions will be contacted directly by Heads of Membership for staff and student representatives to take part in a series of synchronous and asynchronous online events, discussing contemporary and diverse thought leadership about embedding student partnerships in assessment. The outcomes of these discussions will facilitate a series of outputs, accessible to all colleagues at Advance HE member institutions.

The Student Partnerships in Assessment initiative is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. Information on Advance HE membership can be found via the link below. 

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Project objectives

The overarching aim of the initiative is to support member institutions to engage in global dialogue and share best practice with one another about working with students as partners for developing assessment models and practices within higher education institutions. The project will: 

  • Share thought leadership from across the sector globally to contextualise the concept of students as partners in assessment
  • Discuss contemporary barriers to and opportunities for embedding equitable student partnerships in assessments
  • Explore the impact of current challenges, globally and regionally, on assessment and engaging students as partners
  • Share practice as examples of engaging students as partners in assessment
  • Provide a series of ‘What works’ outputs for getting started with embedding students as partners in assessment

Webinar Recordings

Session one

Watch the provocation from Dr Cathy Bovill and the panel discussions from the Students Partnerships in Assessment webinar.

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Session two

Watch the second session of our Student Partnerships in Assessment webinar, hosted by Kelly Mathews, Associate Professor, Curriculum, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland.

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Podcast Recordings

Episode one

In the first episode in this podcast series, Dr Cathy Bovill, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement at the University of Edinburgh, is joined by Jason Bunting, Education Officer at Queens University Belfast, Joanna Tai, Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, and Moonisah Usman, Lecturer at the University of Westminster who share their views on what students as partners practice can achieve and the enablers and barriers to partners in assessment. 

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Episode two

In the second episode in this podcast series, Kelly Mathews,  Associate Professor at Queensland University is joined by Dr Jennifer Fraser, University Director for Student Partnership and Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster and Oisín Hassan, Programme Manager at the National Student Engagement Programme, who share their views on the theme of student partnerships in assessment.

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Student Partnership in Assessment (SPiA)

The Student Partnership in Assessment (SPiA) Connect Member Benefit Series was coordinated by Advance HE through the Spring-Summer of 2021 to support Advance HE member institutions around the globe to engage in conversation about getting started with embedding student partnerships in assessment.

This guide is informed by the contributions of a global community engaging with this initiative and features some overarching principles for SPiA, which current thinking on assessment and partnership, and how those principles can be applied in practice with examples from institutions across the world and useful resources.

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