The School of Social & Health Sciences at Abertay University in Scotland consists of four divisions – Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Nursing and Counselling. It has approximately1,750 students and 68 academic staff.
The school has specific widening access, and progression and retention targets. Internal data analysis revealed significantly differentiated performance for students with disabilities and issues around managing reasonable adjustment in relation to assessment within some subject disciplines.
The HEA’s consultancy service was brought on board in June 2013. Their brief was to support staff in adopting a discipline-specific approach to inclusive assessment of students work. HEA consultants ran a one-day interactive workshop attended by more than half of the school’s academic staff, as well as the University’s student disability officer. The workshop looked at student issues, what constitutes reasonable adjustment and went on to look at application to disciplines and planning ahead.
Following the workshop, staff began to question some of their practices and reflect on their impact. There was a shift in assessment culture and recognition that there is work still to be done.
“I was very impressed with the expediency of the HEA’s consultancy service, in terms of planning the workshop. The delivery was faultless and aided me in terms of moving the faculty's teaching, learning and assessment agenda forward.”
Andrea Cameron, Head of School of Social & Health Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee
Start date: 2014-07-14T00:00:00
End date: 2014-07-14T00:00:00