University of Southampton

Maximising Student Success through the Development of Self-Regulation

Led by the University of Southampton, this project utilises an inclusive self-regulatory assessment approach to reduce differential student learning outcomes.

University of Southampton ABSS project

This collaborative project with the University of Surrey and Kingston University, uses a research-informed approach to support the implementation of a self-regulatory assessment approach. The project is led by Carol Evans at the University of Southampton supported by project leads: Naomi Winstone and Annie Hughes at the Universities of Surrey and Kingston respectively. 

The project aims to build a shared interdisciplinary understanding of effective assessment feedback practice through engaging students and staff in partnership to:

  • develop self-regulatory abilities as part of sustainable practice
  • support student in realising their full potential though development of their self-regulatory skills
  • promote sustainability and efficiency agendas
  • enable capacity building and shared understandings of what constitutes 'good'.

This project will implement and scale up a research-informed assessment feedback approach (EAT Framework) in order to reduce differential learning outcomes for all students and especially for those from lower-socio-economic backgrounds and black and minority ethnic (BME) students.

This will be done by:

  • supporting students’ development of self-regulatory assessment feedback skills through a focus on assessment literacy, feedback recipience skills and engagement in assessment design
  • developing staff understanding of inclusive assessment practices that promote self-regulatory behaviours through extensive training and support. 

The EAT framework underpinning the work supports students’ development of metacognitive, cognitive, and emotional regulation of learning so that students can maximise their use of, and contribution to learning within higher education. The EAT framework translates theory into a clear set of values and provides a pragmatic tool that universities can use across disciplines.

See the full EAT framework

Access the EAT framework toolkit

The project will involve pedagogical interventions to support first year undergraduate students’ development of self-regulation through focusing on developing assessment literacy, assessment feedback, and assessment design. The pedagogical interventions will be delivered as integral to existing curricula to ensure efficiency. Evaluation will consider process and outcomes in scaling up this assessment feedback initiative. 

Catalyst funding 

£499,999
Total project funding £1,022,154
Project contact name Professor Carol Evans 
Project contact email [email protected]
Project contact telephone 02380 59 3481 

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