Lecturer engaging with a student during a feedback session

Assessment feedback

Assessment is essential to your learning experience. It means clear guidelines on what you are expected to learn, checking on the gaps and using feedback to improve your performance.

Types of feedback

Feedback can be presented in different ways.

  • Written or oral comments and advice individual to you and your work, eg on an oral presentation.
  • Written or oral generic comments and advice to a group, eg on a module assignment.
  • In class, in an individual discussion, by email, or annotated on an assignment.
  • Online through Blackboard.

The feedback you receive should include these elements:

  • Summative – what you have done well.
  • Formative – what you need to do better.
  • Feedforward – what/how you need to improve.

When to get feedback

Feedback from tutors, peers and/or yourself may be given at any time:

  • During research and preparation.
  • In timetabled teaching sessions.
  • Before you complete an assignment.
  • On a completed assessment task.

Making the most of feedback

Read it/listen to it

Read your feedback carefully or listen carefully to any oral feedback. Check arrangements for collecting any marked assessments.

Clarify it

Make sure you understand feedback. For written feedback, make a list of any comments or terms that you do not understand or do not know what to do about and check these with the marker.

Consider it

From the feedback you receive, ask yourself:

  • What am I doing well?
  • What am I doing not so well?
  • What do I need to work on?
  • How am I going to improve?

Act on it

Set yourself realistic targets for what you need to work on. What areas for improvement are flagged up by your feedback? Most importantly, think about how you are going to achieve these.

Study advice and support is available on our Study support web pages.

Entitlement to feedback

All students have a minimum entitlement to assessment feedback on their assessed work. Normally you should get marks and feedback within 20 working days (excluding University closure days) following the deadline for submission of the assessment. This period may be shorter or longer for some forms of assessment. 

Where the period is greater than 20 working days, you will be informed of the deadline and the reason.

Make sure you find out arrangements for the return of your marked work.

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