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Degree Standards Conference 2021: Improving assessment literacy and maintaining academic standards

New for 2021, this one-day event will focus on the OfS-funded Degree Standards project and the outcomes of the project.

New for 2021. This conference will explore two ways to ensure the maintenance of academic standards – firstly, improving assessment literacy amongst staff, students and other members of the HE community and secondly, enhancing the reliability of academic and professional judgements. At this event, you will hear from leading researchers and institutional leaders as well as experts who have been involved in the design and delivery of the Degree Standards training of external examiners.

This conference will explore the outcomes and insights that have emerged from the OfS-funded Degree Standards project, the aims of which were to design, pilot and deliver different approaches to the professional development of external examiners and recommend new approaches to the calibration of standards.

This event will be invaluable to senior leaders and programme leaders involved in the engaging and support of external examiners as well as current and aspiring external examiners.

Date: 18 June 2021
Venue: Virtual
Who: All higher education professionals

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The Degree Standards Project

The Degree Standards project , which is led by Advance HE and managed by the Office for Students on behalf of England and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland and Wales, is exploring, across those three nations, sector-owned processes focusing on professional development for external examiners.

Find out more about the Degree Standards Project
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Conference programme

Degree Standards Conference 2021 programme
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Degree Standards Conference 2021 Programme

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A fully digital conferencing experience

The Degree Standards Conference 2021 will be delivered online on our virtual conference platform. This provides a flexible, immersive and engaging digital experience where you can develop your practice, share your ideas and grow your network. All delegates will have access to the following features:

  • a full day of live-streamed sessions of speakers and panel discussions
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments during all sessions
  • full online support throughout the day
  • flexibility to attend sessions at leisure with access to all session recordings after the conference allowing you to browse and catch up on anything you may have missed at a time suited to you
  • resources area for relevant and contemporary resources on student engagement
  • opportunity to interact with other delegates from around the world in a virtual networking space.
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Improving assessment literacy

Dr Emma Medland - 'Assessment literacy: other uses'

Dr Emma Medland is a Lecturer in Higher Education with the Surrey Institute of Education, at the University of Surrey. She is Programme Director of the MA in Higher Education, and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. Her research interests relate primarily to assessment and feedback in Higher Education, focusing recently on assessment literacy, verbal feedback, and grade inflation.

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Impact of the Degree Standards project

Joanne Moore

Joanne is an independent consultant with expertise in education and social policy research, including research to develop recommendations for policy and practice. She has written several national reports that evaluated the effectiveness of public programmes, provided guidance and shared best practice. This includes both quantitative and qualitative assignments. Recent projects relevant to the widening participation to higher education agenda include research into gaps in student access, attainment and progression. She is experienced at supporting practitioner led evaluation, including authoring guidance on evaluation methods and support as part of the Uni Connect evaluation capacity building team. 

Joanne Moore
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