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Second year Undergraduates: join a focus group on Capstone Assessment

26 January 2021

Are you a second-year undergraduate student who undertook the Capstone Assessment? Have your say and receive a reimbursement.


This opportunity will enable you to anonymously share your experiences within a focus group on how you found the assessment and help shape the future of assessments at UCL.


This research project will delve into student experiences of the capstone assessments that took place because of the shift to online learning and the emergency changes to first year assessments in summer 2020. 

We are inviting you, as an UG student who undertook the assessment, to have your say in a relaxed hour-long focus group ran on Zoom. You will be asked questions about your experiences, opinions and reflections on the assessment both as an emergency response during the pandemic and as a sole form of assessment.  

Taking part in this research is voluntary and anonymous. This research has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee, ID: 12385/001.


Your experiences and opinions will help shape and make a difference to future assessment policy at UCL. Plus, you will receive a £10 Waterstones voucher for participating. 


The focus groups will be running throughout February, so they’ll be plenty of time for you to book in your hour slot.  

Sign-up to a focus group

Who are we?

The core researchers for the project comprise of three members of staff from the UCL Arena Centre (Jesper Hansen, Jason Davies & Abbie King) and two student interns (Gift Kalua and Alex Drijver-Ludlam). In particular, these student focus groups will be run by Abbie King, Gift Kalua and Alex Drijver-Ludlam. 

There is an advisory group for this project comprising of senior members of UCL including Prof Deborah Gill (Pro-Vice Provost, Student Experience), Derfel Owen (Director of Education Services and Transformation), Helen Matthews (Director of Academic Services) and Prof Sam Smidt (Director of the UCL Arena Centre). 

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact students either Gift or Alex.