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Invitation to Tender - Review of research literature and case studies

Advance HE is currently commissioning two literature reviews on priority areas.

Part of the mission of Advance HE is to improve learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education. To help achieve this, we keep our evidence base up to date to better understand the practices and policies that have a demonstrable impact on student outcomes.

Advance HE is currently commissioning two literature reviews on priority areas. The reviews will focus on high quality research published by Advance HE and others across the UK as well as international literature including empirical evidence and developments drawing on research and evaluation and policy documents. The aim of these reviews is to identify and summarise the trends, issues and demonstrable impacts within these areas since 2015/16, paying particular attention to identifying what works (i.e. evidence-informed policy and practice) in each priority area.

The Tender is for a fixed sum of £5,000 inc VAT (Five thousand pounds). Currently we intend to commission two literature reviews, one for each of the topics listed below:

Assessment and feedback

The review aims to identify recent literature (and case studies) in relation to assessment and feedback, aligned with the Advance HE framework in this area. This should highlight evidence-based policy or practice that has had a demonstrable impact on student outcomes including student performance, progression, engagement, satisfaction, skill acquisition and/or self-confidence. The review should help practitioners, policy makers and researchers to focus more effectively on relevant questions, issues or sources of evidence to inform their own research or practice. This review intends to show sector developments and/or changes in these areas, bringing together and updating evidence since the 2017 review. Additional areas that can help shape and inform any further updates to Framework should be highlighted for inclusion/further consideration. 

Flexible learning

The literature review aims to identify specific impact and evidence in relation to Flexible Learning within Higher Education (HE). The review will focus on literature since 2016 – 2021, providing a concise period from which to draw from. As is typical of Advance HE reviews, the paper should highlight evidence-based policy and/or practice that have had a demonstrable impact on student outcomes including student performance, progression, engagement, satisfaction, skill acquisition and/or self-confidence. The inclusion of case studies is also seen as favourable. This approach intends to show sector developments and/or changes, bringing together and summarising the latest available evidence. Areas that align with the Advance HE framework should be identified, similarly additional areas that can help shape and inform any future update to the Framework should be highlighted for inclusion/further consideration. 

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Key dates include:
Stage: Date:
Invitation to tender Issued Friday 17 September 2021
Deadline for receipt of questions relating to the tender Monday 27 September 2021
Answers to questions issued Friday 1 October 2021
Tender submission deadline Monday 18 October 2021 (12:00)
Teams informed of outcomes w/c 25 October 2021
Agreement commencement date November 2021
Initial advisory group meeting w/c 1 November 2021