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Dr Ben Hanson, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Gillian Lacey-Solymar gives feedback to students

Assessment and feedback

In response to findings in the National Student Survey, UCL is taking action to improve assessment and feedback in order to meet the learning needs of students and the expectations of professional bodies and employers.

Assessment methods

Unseen written examinations are widespread at UCL, but writing under pressure for a limited time does not enable students to show the depth and breadth of their learning and may disadvantage international students for whom English is not the first language. 


Service standards have been set for feedback, which all staff must meet. You can read more about feedback strategies at UCL on this website; for advice on and examples of effective feedback techniques visit the Assessment and Feedback Moodle pages.


  • Advice and examples of best practice in assessment and feedback are available on the Moodle Assessment and Feedback website
  • E-assessment software is available to create online exams, quizzes and surveys which can be automatically marked and the scores returned with feedback directly to the students
  • Staff training and support in assessment is available, and workshops tailored to the needs of your department can be arranged through CALT (Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning)
  • View presentations from 'Innovations in assessment: the student learning experience', a CALT-organised event held in February 2012


Staff must comply with UCL's regulations governing oral, written and e-assessments. The regulations exist in order to ensure that students’ knowledge, skills and abilities are tested through a wide range of assessment methods.


To find out more about assessment and feedback, contact one of the CALT schools-facing teaching fellows for your school. Find out who they are here.

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