Academic Staff and students at all levels have a responsibility for contributing to the enhancement of assessment and feedback.
As partners in learning, students must be actively involved in the process of improving and enhancing their experience of assessment and feedback. Students should provide feedback on assessments to their College/School through module evaluation and student surveys, but also take part in discussions both within committee environments and in smaller, more informal groups.
Students who have not yet disclosed any disabilities, mental health or other health issues are encouraged to inform the Disability Office as early as possible. Students will not be able to access support if they do not disclose their disability.
Academic staff are at the forefront of programme delivery, and therefore must lead the improvement of assessment and feedback for students. Developing inclusive assessment during programme design or review is the most effective and efficient method of enhancing assessment, therefore the AMMP Module and Programme review processes and the validation process will reflect on these issues.
All staff should familiarise themselves with the legal requirements placed upon them by the Equality Act (2010) by attending training sessions.
Module Co-ordinators: Module Co-ordinators are responsible for developing and scheduling assessments for their modules, and for ensuring that those assessments are appropriate for measuring students’ progress in achieving the set learning outcomes. This makes setting the learning outcomes for the module a crucial element to assessment design. Module Co-ordinators must balance the requirements of this policy in achieving inclusive and varied assessment, and the resources available to them.
Module Co-ordinators are also responsible for ensuring students receive appropriate and effective feedback on their assessments within the defined time frame, and for ensuring that they are familiar with the legal requirements of the Equality Act (2010), and will seek and attend relevant training sessions where required.
Programme Directors: Programme Directors are responsible for ensuring that assessments across the programme as a whole are robust, consistent and varied. They must ensure that students are exposed to sufficient formative assessment to enable their development. Programme Directors should also lead the coherent scheduling of assessments across the programme to ensure workload is balanced and there are no ‘pinch points’ for students.
Boards of Studies: Boards of Studies should review the assessment provision annually to ensure it is sufficiently inclusive, varied and balanced for students. Boards of Studies should review and approve any new methods of assessment proposed, and ensure that students receive sufficient formative assessment for these new methods. In addition, Boards of Studies should monitor feedback response times and report these to the College/School Learning and Teaching Committee.
Examination Officers: Examination Officers are responsible for overseeing examination provision for the programmes under their remit, and for liaising with the Examinations Office of Swansea University to ensure examinations processes are fair, robust and transparent. They are also responsible for ensuring that any reasonable adjustments or alternative forms of assessment required for disabled students are put in place.
College/School Learning and Teaching Committees: College/School Learning and Teaching Committees are ultimately responsible for implementing this policy within their College/School, and for developing a College/School Feedback and Assessment policy locally. College/School Learning and Teaching Committees will also monitor feedback response time reports from Boards of Studies and ensure the College/School is meeting its commitment to provide feedback to students within the agreed time frame. The College/School Director of Learning and Teaching Committee will report to the University Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee periodically.
Head of College/School: The Head of College/School will be ultimately responsible for ensuring the University’s Feedback and Assessment Policy is effectively implemented within the College/School.
Programme Approval Committee: The Programme Approval Committee is responsible for reviewing proposals for new programmes, and for validating some programmes by Committee where appropriate. As part of the review process, the Committee will pay special attention to the assessment and feedback elements of programme proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements outlined in this policy.
Examinations Office: The Examinations Office (Academic Services) is responsible for scheduling examinations for all programmes, and for ensuring students with specific requirements are supported appropriately.
Swansea Academy for Learning and Teaching (SALT): SALT are responsible for providing examples of best practice in assessment, and for promoting novel and varied assessment methods. In addition, SALT are partly responsible (with SAIL) for promoting inclusivity, particularly in learning and assessment. SALT materials are available at the website at http://salt.swan.ac.uk/en/.
Student Support Services: Disability Office and Wellbeing Service: The Disability Office and Wellbeing Service will provide Colleges/Schools with information on support requirements for disabled students, students with health conditions and/or students with mental health issues as soon as possible after enrolment and/or disclosure of the disability/condition to the University. In addition, the Disability Office or Wellbeing Service will provide advice and guidance to staff on appropriate assessment methods for individual students if required, and on any reasonable adjustments. The Disability Office and Wellbeing Service are not responsible for informing staff how to assess students.