Reflections of feedback: a programmatic perspective.

Sheena Warman, Andrew Butterworth, Nicky Newcombe, Sarah Baillie

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Students on professional programmes commonly report low levels of satisfaction with assessment and feedback1. Following the successful introduction in 2012 of initiatives to improve the feedback culture in the final year of the Bristol BVSc programme, a project has been launched to review feedback practices in the earlier years of the programme.
The aim of the project is to identify areas of best practice and to implement sustainable, consistent and effective feedback practices for students’ written work throughout the programme.
Data and opinion on current practices have been gathered by collation of marking templates and discussion with staff and students. This data will be used to create new versions of marking templates, an example of which is being piloted in extra mural studies (EMS) reports produced by students during their lambing placements in the spring of 2015. Focus groups will then be held with staff and students to discuss the impact and value of the modifications, and to identify areas for further improvement prior to updating marking templates for October 2015.
Preliminary discussions with staff have identified challenges with current practices relating to sustainability (in terms of staff workload), and consistency (in terms of staff and student expectations). It is anticipated that the outcomes from this project will include a framework for providing written feedback to students in a consistent manner across the programme, creation of training resources for staff (written guidelines and workshops), and introduction of training for students early in the programme.
1National Student Survey
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2015
EventVet Ed - Cambridge University, Cambridge , United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jul 201510 Jul 2015


ConferenceVet Ed
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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