Assessment and feedback

The Assessment and Feedback Group is led by Sheena Warman, an experienced veterinary clinician and Programme Director for the BVSc. The group is keen to identify examples of good practices in assessment and feedback from across the Faculty’s programmes, and share these with colleagues, enhancing the uptake of robust assessment tools that support student learning in a sustainable manner. We will work closely with the existing Professional Programmes Assessment Group, and are always interested to hear from colleagues who would like to be involved.

Our work started in 2016 with a review the Programmes’ assessment strategies, mapped onto the University’s Assessment Principles and the Association of Medical Education’s ASPIRE criteria ( This has helped us identify priorities for improvement. We have liaised with the staff development group in CHSE to organise workshops on OSCEs, feedback and single-best-answer exam question writing. We have also worked with external experts, such as Harold Bok from Utrecht University, to explore developments in workplace-based assessment tools.

Feedback is a priority for ongoing improvement and staff training. The Faculty was successful in obtaining funding from the Bristol Institute of Learning and Teaching (BILT)’s Catalyst Fund, for the LeapForward project. This project aimed to evaluate and improve feedback and feedforward practices within undergraduate Health Sciences programmes (BVSc, MBChB, BDS), as well as MSc Social Work, and BA Theatre and Performance Studies, with a focus on transition to the workplace.  A full project report is available via this link, along with a Resource Toolkit collating models to support workplace feedback, and workshop resources to support the implementation of staff and student feedback training. Other projects include a “Helpful Feedback” project with veterinary students, to better our understanding of feedback dialogue on coursework.

The Faculty Education Directors, Professor David Dymock and Dr Kate Whittington, are leading on our review of Programme Level Assessment, in line with the wider University initiative.  We are also creating opportunities for staff with responsibility for workplace-based learning assessment to meet and share good practice and associated challenges. 

Feedback is a priority for ongoing improvement and staff and student training

Sheena Warman, Theme lead

Bristol Institute for Teaching and Learning

The Bristol Institute for Teaching and Learning (BILT) have further information and resources about assessment on their website

This includes a resource that has been created by the University of Bristol and summarises the key points covered in the BILT assessment workshop which took place in September 2017. Direct access is also available here.

Faculty Assessment and Feedback Statement for Undergraduate Students

FHS Assessment and Feedback statement 2019 (PDF, 132kB)

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