Assessment at a glance

Introduction to assessment

Assessment is, arguably, the most important thing we ‘do’ to our students during their time with us at university. Assessment and assessment-related activities allow our students to demonstrate what they know about what we have taught them and allow us to reward them for that through grades, and ultimately through degree classification.

Key points

  • Assessment is a key driver for learning and our students will often ask how something in class is related to the final exam.
  • At the University of Glasgow, we have designed a set of essential attributes your assessment must have to ensure the quality and fairness of that assessment, and a set of aspirational principles that we hope you will consider when designing or redesigning your assessment practice.

We need to get assessment right and we hope that the following pages will help you to decide if you are getting assessment right for your students, or if there are things you might change to improve your assessment methods.