The University’s Strategic Plan ‘Thinking Ahead 2016 – 2021’ clearly states that ‘creating confident, knowledgeable graduates whose reputation makes them sought after by employers across the globe is key to our future impact and success’. An essential element in realising this, is the development of high quality programmes of study which retain and engage students and support them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Assessment is a fundamental aspect of the student learning experience. Engagement in assessment activities and interaction with staff and peers enables learning, both as part of the task and through review of performance. It is a vehicle for obtaining feedback. Ultimately, it determines whether each student has achieved their programme’s learning outcomes and allows the University, as awarding body, to ensure that appropriate standards are being applied rigorously. Deliberate, systematic quality assurance ensures that assessment processes, standards and any other criteria are applied consistently and equitably, with reliability, validity and fairness.
Working with the academic architecture provided by the Quality Assurance Agency, the University has established a framework on which to hang our assessment principles and practice. As the University awards its own degrees, we must ensure parity of standards across all levels, all disciplines and for all students. Creating a clear framework for the execution of assessment practice is essential to secure our standards.