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Researching Assessment Practices (RAP)

HEFCE Catalyst B project

The University of Southampton has been awarded over half a million pounds to help improve assessment and feedback for students as part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) programme aimed at addressing differences in student outcomes working with the University of Surrey and Kingston University. The project lead at Surrey is Dr Naomi Winstone and the project lead at Kingston is Dr Annie Hughes.

The successful HEFCE Catalyst B project is one of 17 projects countrywide, involving 64 higher education providers, who have received up to £500,000 each from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund over two years.  The projects are aimed at addressing gaps in higher education outcomes between different student groups.

Southampton, Surrey and Kingston have been given a grant of £499,999 to further develop its Researching Assessment Practices (RAP) project, led by Professor Carol Evans, which enhances assessment and feedback practice at Southampton.  
The HEFCE ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’ programme particularly benefits those affected by differential outcomes highlighted in previous HEFCE research, including black and minority ethnic students, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, disabled students (including those presenting with mental health issues and specific learning difficulties), mature and part-time students.

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