Let’s talk about assessment 2023: rethinking assessment in higher education


Assessment has been on everybody’s minds recently. At our recent conference ‘Let’s Talk About Assessment 2023: Rethinking Assessment in Higher Education’ we explored live questions with peers, students, national and international experts. 

Whatever your role is in assessment – whether you are a senior leader of a HEI, or are working in a professional support, teaching and learning, or quality assurance role, a student or student officer, a leading academic or have recently started designing assessment, this conference included topical discussions to inspire dynamic responses and provide useful tips on assessment.

To listen back to the views of our national and international experts and your peers, visit our conference playlist.

Key student and staff perspectives on assessment 

Clodagh McGivern, Union of Students in Ireland and Sue Hackett, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Panellists: Beverly Genockey, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union; Bryan O’Mahony, South East Technological University Students’ Union; Luke Prendeville, National College of Art and Design Students’ Union; Saoirse Daly, Technological University Dublin (City Campus) Students’ Union; Stephen O’Riordan, University College Cork Students’ Union)


Lightning Talk: Assess for success. Good practice in assessment and feedback to promote student success 

Lisa O’Regan & Dr Alison Farrell, Maynooth University


Lightning Talk: Authentic, innovative and feasible; Designing assessments for a new module 

Dr Emer McGowan, Trinity College Dublin


Interrogating myths and opening doors towards more authentic assessment designs: myth busting workshop 

Professor Kay Sambell, Visiting Professor, University of Sunderland and University of Cumbria and Sally Brown, Emerita Professor, Leeds Beckett University and Visiting Professor, University of Edge Hill 


Framing assessment in a positive education environment 

Professor Anne Hickey and Judith Gilroy, RCSI, University of Medicine and Health Sciences


Lightning Talk: Supporting authentic assessment through peer-mentorship within a community of practice 

Dr Derek Dodd, Technological University Dublin


Lightning Talk: A pragmatic peer assessment framework for the inclusion of peer assessment in HE programmes 

Dr Mary McGrath, Atlantic Technological University


Rethinking assessment: can we balance caution and transformation? 

Dr Jan McArthur, Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University


Lightning Talk: Professional development ePortfolio: An integrated assessment approach for pharmacy technician students for learning and practice 

Dr Seána Hogan and Mary Therese McGrath, Technological University Dublin


Lightning Talk: Transforming clinical skills in nurse education and assessment utilising a blended teaching and learning approach 

Ruth Maher (represented by Mary Moylan), South East Technological University


Lightning Talk: Undergraduate external examining; Past, present, and is there a future? 

Mary Beare Aust, South East Technological University