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Compassionate assessment post COVID-19: improving assessment long-term

Date: September 24 - 2020

Professor Sally Brown delivered a really thought-provoking and highly practical presentation to support the work of our Student Mental Wellbeing collaborative cluster at a webinar event on 17 September 2020.

Sally completed our webinar series by encouraging us to think deeply about assessment practices:

  • recognising the factors that make assessment a high stress activity (for students and staff)
  • in the longer term, using to our advantage the swift and considerable changes that have been implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • offering a range of tips in re-thinking assessment practices so they are authentic, inclusive, rely more on reflection on practice and make more use of asynchronous methods
  • sharing a number of examples from different subject areas.

We are delighted to publish resources from the webinar, which include a webinar recording, PowerPoint slides, and participants’ views and tips shared through the webinar chat function.

If you’re feeling inspired by the work of our collaborative clusters and have some project ideas for our 2020-23 Resilient Learning Communities Enhancement Theme, please do get in touch with us on

You can also share your ideas and views with the sector through our Mural activity.