Events and Conferences

Events and Conferences

ASKe is currently focussing on research and external projects. As a result, we are sorry we have no academic conferences, including the popular annual Plagiarism event, planned at the present time. However, here is a list of our previous events and related resources.

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Feedback Event: New Perspectives on Feedback
Date: Thursday 28 June 2012
Time: 09:45-16:30
Venue: Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus
Fee: £120 early bird (before Easter); £140 thereafter
Registration Form, Guest House List, Driving to Wheatley Campus,
Programme, Bus Timetable, Keynote Presenters, Workshop Abstracts, Joining Instructions

Event Review and Resources

Oxford Taxi telephone numbers: 01865 201201 or 777333 (about £18-20 one way)

Feedback continues to disappoint students in higher education and this seems likely to intensify with the new fees regime. However, improvement in feedback practices remains largely elusive especially in an environment with finite resources. Institutions and their staff are being challenged to find the solution to a complex problem.

This one day event aims to support those grappling with this problem by bringing together expertise in research, innovative approaches and the student voice in order to generate debate, analysis and ideas to take away. There will be contributions from researchers, the HEA and the NUS.

It will appeal to leaders with responsibility for driving feedback improvement in institutions, departments and programmes as well as practitioners and student representatives seeking to improve feedback practices.  

The event will include keynotes, presentations and workshops, and cover:

  • Input on the key messages from research literature
  • New ideas on practice and resources to use 
  • Student perspectives on developing feedback practice
  • Opportunities to ask questions of experts
  • Time and space for participants to share and develop ideas about improving feedback

The full programme and joining instructions will be sent to registered delegates and hosted here as soon as possible.

Keynote speakers
David Nicol, Professor of Higher Education, University of Strathclyde
Margaret Price, Professor of Learning and Assessment, Oxford Brookes University

Venue and travel
We are pleased to host the event at our Wheatley Campus in order to take advantage of the excellent facilities including lecture theatre and workshop rooms in our Postgraduate Centre in the Faculty of Business ( We therefore encourage car sharing and planning your travel in good time. Please note details on the registration form regarding car parking and taxis.

See Registration Form link above. We apologise for this manual system but new software will be ready for online registrations next year.

6th Annual Plagiarism Event, in conjunction with the HEA
Institutional Policies and Procedures for Managing Student Plagiarism

Date: Thursday 14 June 2012
Time: 09:45-16:30
Venue: Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus
Fee: £65 early bird (before Easter); £85 thereafter
Registration Form, Guest House List, Programme, Driving to Wheatley Campus,
Bus Timetable, Workshop Abstracts, Joining Instructions, Keynote Presenters

Event Review and Resources

Oxford Taxi telephone numbers: 01865 201201 or 777333 (about £18-20 one way)

ASKe is delighted to announce its Sixth Plagiarism event will be held in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). This one day event will explore current issues and strategies for managing student plagiarism in higher education. It will focus on developing institutional approaches, policies and practice. There will be opportunities to discuss current concerns, share good practice and consider valuable developments.

Keynote speaker
Dr Tricia Bertram Gallant,
Academic Integrity Co-ordinator, University of California, USA
Step One – Create a Policy.  Step Two – Now What Do We Do?
Dr Bertram Gallant is editor of Creating the Ethical Academy: A Systems Approach to Understanding Misconduct and Empowering Change in Higher Education (2010) and author of Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century: A Teaching and Learning Imperative (2008)

Topics covered

  • Developing institutional approaches and practice
  • Institutional policies and the Plagiarism Reference Tariff
  • Effectively using text-matching software
  • International perspectives

There will be a range of workshops, as well as a plenary and panel session.

Do you have any burning questions? We will do our best to ensure your issue is addressed and please note there is a panel session on the day.

If you wish to showcase your work or have online or printed resources that you wish to display, please let me, Nicola Ranjit, know at

Who should attend?
Senior managers, those working in academic registry or quality enhancement areas, student services managers, student support professionals, education developers, academic conduct officers, lecturers, anyone with an interest in student plagiarism.

Venue and travel
Taking into account your feedback from last year, we are pleased to host the event at our Wheatley Campus in order to take advantage of the superb facilities including lecture theatre and workshop rooms in our Postgraduate Centre in the Faculty of Business ( We therefore encourage car sharing and planning your travel in good time. Please note details on the registration form regarding car parking and taxis.

See Registration Form link above. We have not increased the fee from last year. We apologise for this manual system but new software will be ready for online registrations next year.

Feedback from Plagiarism Event 2011
'I'd like to congratulate you on putting on such a fantastic conference. The atmosphere was really buzzing and good for networking, and I came away with some new ideas and lots of enthusiasm.'
'Last Thursday's meeting was very enjoyable; we will certainly be reviewing the means by which we educate students about academic integrity.'
'Please keep running this event.'
'Stimulating and participative day, many thanks.'

Seminar: in conjunction with OCSLD
Dr Cecilia K Y Chan
Curriculum Reform at the University of Hong Kong - Assessing Employability Skills
Date: Tuesday 29 May 2012
Time: 3.00-4.00pm
Venue: W208, Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

Curriculum reform involves changes in educational system, program structures and objectives, leading to changes in approaches to teaching and students’ learning outcomes. These changes often focus on areas such as higher order thinking skills, standards and employability skills which have been lobbied by employer demands to introduce skills development strategy in higher education. Often these changes need corresponding changes in assessment as assessment drives learning. Hong Kong is currently going through such changes both in higher education and in secondary education, it is known as the “334”. 
In this seminar/workshop, some of these changes will be introduced and how assessment is transforming in Hong Kong higher education. Cases on how some faculties are integrating employability into the curriculum and how they are assessing these skills, the difficulties they encountered and the students’ perception will be discussed. Finally, we will exchange ideas on future collaborations particularly on the topic of assessing employability.
Dr Cecilia K Y Chan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong. She was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. Cecilia’s bi-cultural background has allowed her to understand the multi-dimensional needs of students and teachers in different parts of the world. She worked as an engineering professor for over ten years in Ireland and has many practical experiences in relation to learning and teaching, and has won many teaching and learning awards. Cecilia has been involved in numerous researches particularly in the development of employability skills, assessment, technology enhanced learning and student retention, recruitment and motivation. Cecilia holds a PhD in the field of digital signal processing and machine vision in Electrical Engineering, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She has just received a Fellowship from King’s College London.
Bookings please by email to Nicola Ranjit

Seminar: in conjunction with OCSLD
Dr Anne Crook
Can the use of video enhance the feedback experience for students and staff?
Date: Thursday 24 May 2012
Time: 12.00-1.00pm
Venue: PG202, Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

This seminar will explore the challenges of feedback provision and will provide an overview of the rationale for experimenting with video feedback. Details of the pilot study’s methodology and research questions will be provided, along with a brief analysis of the quantitative and qualitative student and staff data collected. The team’s experience of using video feedback will also be discussed in the context of institutional support and sustainability issues. 

Anne is the Enhancement Manager in the Centre for the Development of Teaching and Learning (CDoTL) at The University of Reading. She works with colleagues from all Schools across the University to address specific assessment issues, such as diversifying assessment & feedback methods, assessing group work and designing assessments to promote active learning. She is also actively involved in a number of projects to enhance feedback provision to students, for example, as the Manager of the JISC-funded ASSET project, which piloted the use of video media for enhancing staff and student engagement with feedback. She has extensive experience of managing both small and large-scale pedagogic projects both in her current role and previously as the Innovation Manager of the University's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Applied Undergraduate Research Skills. As a University Teaching Fellow she is leading the development of a new open access web resource for staff, ‘Engage in Assessment’, which was launched in November 2011.

Seminar: in conjunction with OCSLD
Dr Chris Trevitt
Assessment and the underpinning issue of trust
Date: Tuesday 8 November 2011
Time: 12.00-1.00pm
Venue: W208 Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

In this session, the role played by trust in establishing an appropriate learning and assessment environment will be canvassed. While the notion of trust is central to much of my work supporting portfolio development, there is relatively little literature exploring the impact that trust or, indeed distrust, has on the potential for programme participants to experience assessment as a genuine learning opportunity. In a performance-oriented culture where surveillance and accountability contribute to a low-trust environment, academic staff and students alike are, understandably, more concerned with appearing successful than in taking risks or in exposing misunderstandings in order to learn. Discussion is invited of both the veracity of this line of thinking and the range of challenges it suggests.

In particular, I will be exploring portfolios.  Portfolios are a widely used educational assessment tool at all levels. The concept originated with art and design professionals who display a sample of their work in portfolios to enable clients and/or employers to appraise their work. In educational settings, though, portfolios are often used to both promote learning – with a focus on self-reflection and self-direction – and assess that learning. My experience is with the use of portfolios for promoting and supporting continuing professional learning (CPL) about teaching (in higher education), and for summatively assessing that learning for certification or accreditation.

Much of the work presented here is the product of collaboration with Claire Stocks (University of Manchester) and also Kathleen Quinlan (University of Oxford).

Chris has a PhD and early-career research and academic experience in environmental science and land management. He worked in educational development at The Australian National University (ANU) for 10 years before moving to Oxford in 2006.  He has enduring interests in practice-based continuing professional learning, both in the professions and in academia, and action learning as a means for fostering reflective professional practice.

Bookings please to:
Tel: 01865 482954

5th Annual Plagiarism Event
Institutional Policies and Procedures for Managing Student Plagiarism

Date: Thursday 9 June 2011
Time: 09:30-16:30
Venue: Buckley Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site
Download Flyer, Registration Form, Guest House list, Programme, Joining Instructions

Event Review and Resources
Topics covered will include:
• Reviewing and developing institutional policies
• International perspectives
• Addressing student diversity
• Student and staff perceptions of policies and practice
• Effective use of text matching software
Who should attend?
• Senior managers
• Those working in academic registry or quality enhancement areas
• Student services managers, student support professionals
• Educational developers
• Academic conduct officers
• Lecturers
• Anyone with an interest in student plagiarism
Keynote speakers are:
Teddi Fishman, Director, International Center for Academic Integrity, USA Janette Ryan, Project Director, Teaching International Students Project, UK
There will also be a range of workshop sessions both morning and afternoon, as well as networking opportunities and resources.


The Higher Education Academy Assessment & Feedback Seminar Series 2011
Dr Jill Millar

Using Dialogic Feedback to Engage Students
Date: Tuesday 7 June 2011
Time: 10am to 1pm followed by buffet lunch
Venue: BG10/BG11 Buckley Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site
Download the Presentation

Through a variety of formats including multimedia resources, vignettes and small group discussions, we will share the experiences of a face-to-face feedback initiative implemented in Oxford Brookes Business School, and also encourage a critical discussion of dialogic feedback practices.

This seminar will be particularly useful for institutional policy makers and those responsible for the practical implementation of feedback policies in Higher Education, such as: module leaders, course managers, programme directors and heads of student experience.

The objectives of the seminar are to:

  • promote a conceptual understanding of the value of dialogic feedback;
  • discuss strategies which deliver dialogic feedback; and
  • debate the potential for integrating dialogic feedback methods into programme level assessment strategies within different disciplinary contexts.

Having taken part in the seminar participants should be better able to examine the role of feedback in the context of their own discipline and institution, and develop plans and strategies to use dialogic feedback at module and programme level.

Please email Nicola Ranjit at or telephone 01865 482954
30 places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have any accessibility requirements, please request at the time of booking.


Seminar: in conjunction with the Business School Teaching & Learning
Professor Graham Gibbs

How to change assessment of degree programmes so as to improve student learning
Date: Tuesday 15 March 2011
Time: 5.15pm-6.15pm, followed by refreshments
Venue: Stuart Rooks Lecture Theatre, Wheatley Campus
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The worst National Student Survey scale scores are for assessment and feedback. Variations between institutions on these questions are so large that they, on their own, determine much of the institutional national ranking for teaching. Many projects and institutional initiatives have therefore focussed on trying to improve assessment and feedback (e.g. FLAP at Leeds Metropolitan). Most of these initiatives have focussed on assessment tactics that individual teachers could implement within individual modules. However research has shown that there are extraordinarily wide programme-level differences in assessment environments, substantial differences in how students respond to these environments, and close and consistent relationships between particular features of these programme-level environments and students’ learning responses, largely independently of details about assessment within modules. For example the volume of feedback students receive does not predict even whether students think they receive enough feedback, without taking into account the way assessment across the programme operates. It is programme-level features that enable you to understand why students respond to their assessment in the way that they do. These overall responses can be very negative even when individual teachers are highly skilled and committed in their assessment and feedback to students. The proper focus of attempts to improve the learning environment that assessment creates is therefore the programme, rather than only the module or assignment.

This seminar will explain why this is the case, identify what features of programme-level assessment patterns work, and which fail, and provide case study data about the way assessment of degree programmes can fail, and why. The theory and empirical evidence will come in part from a national project that currently involves a dozen universities changing assessment systems, and the QA regimes under which they operate, in order to improve student learning.

Graham Gibbs is a Visiting Professor in the Oxford Brookes Business School. He was previously Professor and Director of the Oxford Learning Institute at the University of Oxford, and worked at Oxford Polytechnic for 17 years from 1980. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Utrecht for his international leadership of the improvement of university teaching, and is a National Teaching Fellow. He is the author of the recent report ‘Dimensions of Quality’, which identifies the educational variables that can be proven to affect student learning gains, and those that do not, that will hopefully inform what institutions will be obliged to tell students about the nature of the educational provision they will be purchasing with their fees.
Bookings please to Nicola Ranjit Tel: 01865 482954


Seminar: in conjunction with BMAF
Mark Freeman, University of Sydney
The cultivated community approach taken to develop academic standards for business disciplines - a response to Australia's higher education changes and the new regulator and quality agency
Date: Tuesday 14 December 2010
Time: 12.00-1.00 (lunch will be provided)
Venue:  PG201, Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

As part of a suite of higher education changes, the Australian government has foreshadowed a new national higher education regulator and quality agency.  It will monitor standards from 2012 to ensure that students receive a high quality education from any provider.  The new agency will take a risk-based and proportionate approach to evaluations and have access to a range of escalating sanctions for those not meeting standards.  The Australian Learning and Teaching Council was commissioned to undertake a national project in preparation for the new regime.  This involved engaging a range of disciplines in the academic standards setting agenda.  It included facilitating disciplinary development threshold learning outcomes, providing resources to inform the development of standards-related processes, and laying the foundations for demonstrated standards achievement. 

The aim of this seminar is to describe the cultivated community approach taken to develop academic standards for business disciplines and outcomes arising from such an active and engaged approach.  Three seeding activities or cycles were implemented to develop threshold learning outcomes for bachelors and coursework masters degrees in accounting - the first business discipline.  Implications for other business disciplines and the next stage for accounting academic standards, namely a national collaborative external peer review process, will also be discussed. 
About Mark Freeman BA(Economics) MEc Macq.,CA ACIS Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching).  Mark is Discipline Scholar at the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney.  In 2010 he led the development of national academic standards for the various disciplines grouped in Business, Management and Economics.  While first practicing in accounting and finance and then teaching and researching in finance, Mark has been active in leading, researching, innovation and professional development within business higher education for 25 years. He was founding Chair of the Australian Business Deans Council Teaching and Learning Network, Chief Investigator of the national collaborative scoping study of business higher education, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and founding Director of the Office of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Economics and Business at The University of Sydney, Senior Learning Consultant for The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and inaugural recipient of the Australian Award for University Teaching for Economics and Business-Related Studies. 

Please register your place by emailing
Lunch will be provided.


Seminar: Kate Varini, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Technology, HLTM
Developing some useful and engaging online materials inexpensively, to support learning.
Date: Friday 3 December 2010
Time: 12.00-1.00
Venue: EL20, Entrance Lodge, Wheatley Campus

Please register your place by emailing
Please bring your own lunch and drinks.


Seminar: Jill Millar, Research Assistant
Talking Relationships: using discourse analysis in research on assessment feedback.
Date: Tuesday 30 November 2010
Time: 12.00-1.00
Venue: PG201, Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

Previous research on assessment feedback suggested that relationships were significant in supporting student engagement with the feedback process. Discourse analysis was used as a way of exploring this finding further. As the title suggests my presentation will consider the use of discourse analysis in pedagogic research and suggest ways of conceptualising the impact of relationships in feedback."
Please register your place by emailing

Please bring your lunch. Tea/coffee provided.


Seminar: Paul Mantle, Senior Lecturer in Business & Management
Supporting groupwork: using 'peer coaching' to develop students' ability to work more effectively in group-based assignments
Date: Thursday 18 November 2010
Time: 12.00-1.00
Venue: PG201, Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus

Paul will discuss his ASKe-funded pilot study on using student 'peer coaching' in the UG module Entrepreneurial Business Innovation in 2009-10. The outcomes from the pilot have shaped changes for this year's module, including more support for the teaching team, and focused attention on dysfunctional teams. 

Please register your place by emailing
Please bring your own lunch and drinks.


Professor D Royce Sadler
, Griffith University, Australia
'Assessment Task Design'
Date: Monday, 4 October 2010
Time: 1.00pm- 3.30pm
Venue: Wheatley Campus, Room E128
Date: Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Time: 9.30am- 12.00pm
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site, Room BG11 (Buckley Building)

Please reserve your place by emailing Nicola Ranjit, ASKe Events & PR Assistant


Wheatley Carnival 2010

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2010
Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: Wheatley Campus

Review and photos


ASKe Public Lecture
Professor D Royce Sadler, Griffith University, Australia

'Phasing out feedback: towards making it redundant'
Date: Monday, 13 September 2010
Time: 6pm (followed by refreshments at Brookes Restaurant)
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site
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(You may need to install the program VLC Media Player: press Start, All Programs, Add New Programs, scroll down for VLC Media Player)

Royce Sadler is a Professor at the Griffith Institute for Higher Education, Griffith University, Brisbane. He has been teaching and researching in higher education for over 40 years. Since 1973, his research has been predominantly conceptual, and focused on the assessment of academic achievement, both formative and summative.

Feedback is generally considered an indispensable element in helping students become competent at complex tasks. At the same time, teachers at many levels of education typically feel frustrated by the modest impact their feedback seems to have in improving student learning. In this lecture, it is argued that the status of feedback in the learning process needs to be reviewed - downwards by one or two notches. Clearly, students must be progressively equipped to take control of their own learning and performance. An alternative way forward begins with a close examination of the conditions under which students can become better at monitoring the emerging quality of their work during the production process. This requires a reworking of teacher-learner interactions, which not only challenges the dominant feedback-based paradigm, but also has better prospects of developing independence in learning

To book: email
or phone 01865 486573


Meeting: Institutional Policies and Procedures for Managing Student Plagiarism
Date: Tuesday, 25 May 2010
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The cost of the day is £45 including lunch.
Download Flyer which contains the details in the box below.
Event Review

This one day event will explore current issues in dealing with cases of student plagiarism. It will focus on the institutional rather than the pedagogic aspects of student plagiarism, including issues around implementing policies and addressing students’ concerns. There will be opportunities to share good practice and to hear how others have developed procedures in line with the changing demands of higher education.

Topics covered will include:

  • Student complaints about plagiarism
  • Evaluating institutional policies
  • National and local initiatives
  • Text matching software
  • Online academic skills teaching

Who should attend?

  • Senior managers
  • Those with responsibility for quality assurance
  • Student support professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in institutional policies and procedures

Keynote speakers are:

Robert Behrens, the Independent Adjudicator, Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) “Learning from Student Plagiarism Complaints”

Professor Ranald Macdonald FSEDA FHEA NTF, Professor of Academic Development and Head of Strategic Development, Sheffield Hallam University “I’d love to promote a culture of honesty and students’ pride in their work. However……”

and there will be a choice between three workshop sessions both morning and afternoon as well as a structured networking opportunity.

The cost of the day including lunch is £45.
There is an optional informal get-together in central Oxford the evening before.
Here is a list of local accommodation.
If you wish to showcase your work or have resources that you wish to display, please email

Feedback from our Plagiarism event 2009:
"Fantastic conversations, made some good connections"
"Content was relevant, excellent and inspiring "
"I feel like I’m part of a team rather than being on my own"
"The day far exceeded my expectations"

"Really useful day, well organised. This reinforced to me how intricate an issue plagiarism is."


ASKe Festive Food Event: Nauryz
Date: Monday, 22 March 2010
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Venue: Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre


Celebrating our Diversity
To celebrate the Middle Eastern Spring Festival of Nauryz (or Nawruz).
Yummy chicken/vegetable kebabs with pitta, yoghurt & mint dressing or hummus, roasted vegetable cous cous and the Kazakh dish, lamb plov, from Brookes Café.Cultural entertainment and free baklava ……
Come and enjoy!


ASKe Festive Food Event: Holi
Date: Monday, 1 March 2010
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Venue: Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley

Review and photos

To celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi - the festival of colours!
A variety of tasty Indian food from Brookes Café Cultural entertainment provided by The Indian Society.
Come and enjoy .....!

Enquiries to Nicola Ranjit


Business School Photography Competition “Festivals and Celebrations”

The winners are....

The second photography competition received an amazing 45 entries with 170 votes cast. The diverse display received much interest and discussion from staff and students which provided a valuable networking opportunity.
The winning entrant received £50 and the two runners up received £25 each.

‘St. Valentine’s Day’ by Helena Fedetova

St. Valentine's Day

Runners up:
‘Fire Dancer, St. Lucia’ by Harry Blazeby
Fire Dancer, St. Lucia
‘A trip to Wu Zhen’ by Si Rong Wang

A trip to Wu Zhen

ASKe is pleased to announce the second photography competition that is open for all students and staff in Oxford Brookes University Business School between March and April 2010.

The winner will receive £50 in cash and there will be two runners-up who will receive £25 each.
There is a maximum of three entries per person.
Winners will be announced by ASKe on 19 April 2010.

Vote for your favourite photograph at the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre from 15 to 26 March 2010. Entries will be put into a prize draw and 5 lucky winners will get £6 each to use at Brookes Cafè.

For any other queries or more information, please contact Meera Shah.

Please submit your registration form and your photograph to ASKe either via email or post to:

Meera Shah, ASKe Project Assistant, N415, Business School, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxfordshire. OX33 1HX.


Challenging Feedback in a Creative Way
Date:Thursday, 18 February 2010
Time: 2pm to 7.30pm
Venue: HK6- Helena Kennedy Students' Centre above the Medical Centre

ASKe together with the Students Union have joint forces with a creative agency, Thrift, to help tackle issues surrounding feedback in an imaginative and inspired way.

You are invited to a fun and exciting afternoon and evening where you will increase your understanding of feedback and develop imaginative ways in which to get the feedback message across to other students. You will also be able to develop your presentation skills.

Sign up now and receive a FREE training day on the 18 February 2010 from 2pm to 7.30pm. There will be refreshments and a free meal at 5pm. The event will take place in HK6 (Helena Kennedy Student Centre above the Medical Centre).

Email Meera Shah, the ASKe Project Assistant on to sign up or for any other queries. Deadline for entries is  9am on 16 February 2010. Book now as spaces are limited.

For more information about Thrift, please visit: and more information about what ASKe has done on feedback, please visit:


Assessment Feedback, Kuchipudi Dancing and Chocolate: a winning combination

On 18 February ASKe held an exciting and experimental workshop aimed at promoting awareness of the ASKe inspired Brookes Assessment Compact. 

ASKe staff joined forces with Thrift, a creative theatre group, to deliver a truly interactive workshop for 18 Brookes’ students. The workshop focused on four feedback messages:

•           Students need to understand what goals they are aiming for in their assessment, the quality of work expected, in order to be able to understand their feedback and improve their work;
•           Students need to be able to recognise and understand feedback when they get it;
•           Feedback is a collaborative process requiring an ongoing dialogue between staff and students;
•           Feedback demands an active response from students, students need to use it.

Workshop activities included chocolate tasting and a performance of Indian classical Kuchipudi dancing by our very own Project Assistant, Meera Shah, which illustrated the difficulties of knowing what criteria are used to identify what is good and what is bad (although we thought that Meera’s dancing was very good!).

The second half of the workshop was devoted to collaborating with the participants on the sort of methods and materials which could best be used to cascade out messages about assessment feedback to all Brookes students.

Feedback (pun intended) from the workshop was very positive and, as a result of the event, ASKe hopes to develop a viral video promoting an active response to feedback. There are also plans for a student run feedback workshop using a similar interactive format.



ASKe Festive Food Event-Chinese New Year
Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Time:12pm to 1pm
Venue:Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre

Review and photos

Come, celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year.
Indulge in some delicious, aromatic, Chinese food from Brookes Café.
Extra Chinese delights and surprises along the way ……
So don’t miss out!


Software to support collaborative learning; groupwork, peer assessment and benchmarking

Date: 18-21 January 2010
Time: See full itinerary
Venue: Wheatley and Headington

ASKe, together with colleagues in the university, have been reviewing a piece of software that has been developed at UTS, Australia . It is considered a very powerful piece of software, particularly useful in supporting collaborative learning, groupwork, peer assessment and benchmarking. Colleagues from 4 schools within the university have already agreed to trial the software.

Dr Keith Willey who has developed the software will visit 18-21 January and colleagues are invited to find out more by attending a presentation on either Monday 18 January, 1100 - 1300, EL15, Wheatley or Wednesday 20 January, 1400 - 1600, G501, Headington.


Assessment Compact Course Design Incentives (CDIs)
June 2010

To support the implementation of the Brookes Assessment Compact OCSLD and ASKe are jointly offering Course Design Intensives (CDIs) to Programme teams in all schools. These are full day events with a half-day follow up event to follow. The schools of Life Sciences and Health and Social Care participated in September 2009 and the schools of Business, Technology, Social Sciences and Law and Health and Social Care are participating in January events. We are planning an event for the School of Arts and Humanities in March and Westminster Institute of Education in June 2010. New dates for June 2010 will be announced soon. 

See link above for further information.


ASKE Seminar Series: High and low-achieving students: what do they want from feedback (and what do they do with it)?

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Time: 16:00-17:15
Venue: Wheatley Campus, E212

Paul Orsmond is a Learning and Teaching Fellow in the Biology School of Science at Staffordshire University. For many years, his research has looked at students' perspectives on formative assessment, particularly student engagement with peer review, poster assessment, and feedback. 

Paul is currently researching the different ways in which high and low-achieving students engage with feedback, and the different expectations they have of tutors and the feedback given. A related area of research is the extent to which students seek feedback not (only) from tutors, but from each other. Paul will be presenting his research at this seminar.

If you'd like to attend this seminar, please contact Karen Handley, ASKe Deputy Director


Workshop on the use of the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre (SWUC)
Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Time: 15:00-16:45
Venue: Wheatley Campus

Becky Kiddle is a doctoral student at the Brookes Joint Centre for Urban Design, and has worked with ASKe to undertake a colonisation study of the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre. Findings from the one-year study will be presented and discussed in this workshop.

Staff and undergraduate students from the Business School are invited to the workshop which will include a *CREAM TEA * served at 15:00.  The workshop will take place in W2.08 (Simon William Undergraduate Centre (SWUC), 2nd floor). 

If you would like to take part, please RSVP to Becky Kiddle on, or call her on 01865 484 203.


Wheatley Carnival 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Time: 12:30-14:30
Venue: Wheatley Campus

Review and photos

We are looking forward to hosting a carnival extravaganza during Week 0.  This fun event is held especially to welcome new students to the Business School and School of Technology and is an opportunity to make new friends, meet staff and feel part of the vibrant community at the Wheatley Campus.  This year it promises to be a stunning visual and musical ‘feast’ with free BBQ and ice-cream delights thrown in – what more could you want!
See Carnival poster


Feedback Symposium: Feedback at a crossroads- where do we go from here?
Date: 24 - 25 June 2009
Venue: Weston Manor Hotel, Oxfordshire

Information from the event

Feedback is a crucial element of assessment, however there is a lot of evidence that staff and students are dissatisfied with it, and there is a growing impetus for change. But is there agreement about what that change should be?

Following the success of our Assessment Standards colloquium in November 2007, ASKe is convening a symposium of national and international feedback experts in June 2009 to explore the possibilities for the future directions of assessment feedback policy and practice, and to formulate an agenda for change. Once developed, the agenda will be used to inform national and institutional assessment policy and feedback practice in the Higher Education sector.

This event is by invitation only. However, if you are interested in any follow-up information, please contact ASKe via email or phone +44 (0)1865 485930


ASKe seminar series: How might technology help improve students' experience of group work?
Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

ASKe invites you to the next seminar in our series focussing on the theme of assessment standards.

Tuesday 16 June, 4.00-5.30pm, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site, Buckley Building, BG11

Greg Benfield (OCSLD) and John Prior (Head of UG Programmes, Business School) will present empirical case study data about students’ uses of technology in group work. They will look at some of the issues that students encounter in using technology and point to some practical examples that might help to improve the group work experience for both students and staff.

downloadDownload Greg and John's seminar slides


Graduation Celebration Event
Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Review and photos

Following the overwhelming response to our student survey, ASKe is pleased to announce an evening graduation celebration event on the river!

The event is planned for the two Business School graduation days of Tuesday 23 June 2009 and Wednesday 24 June 2009 for Business School graduating students, their parents and Business School staff. 

The boat will depart Folly Bridge, Oxford, at 6pm and return by 9pm.  You need to arrive by 5.45pm.

The event will include:

  • sparkling wine on arrival (pay bar for additional drinks)
  • tasty canapés and finger buffet
  • contemporary cool Jazz band "Boulevard Swing"

The event is being substantially subsidised by ASKe and therefore tickets were only cost £20 each! 


Business School Photography Competition
The winners are...

The Business School Photography Competition that was organised by ASKe has been a successful event involving students in the life of the Business School and bringing students and staff closer together in the School. This competition has also focused on celebrating the diversity and nationalities of the students.

20 photographs were well received between the two categories, and were displayed in the Simon William Undergraduate Centre for students and staff to vote for their favourite.


We are pleased to announce that the winners are…

Category 1: Your Home

  • First place: Matt Brown,
  • An Aussie Summers Day

    "An Aussie Summers Day"

  • Runner up: Rishneet Heera,
  • Crossing paths with Fate and Fortune

    “Crossing paths with Fate and Fortune”

  • Runner up: Tony Tooth,
  • Autmn Fishing in Jubilee Lake, Steeple Claydon

    “Autumn Fishing in Jubilee Lake, Steeple Claydon


Category 2: Reflection on Wheatley

  • First place: Kwasi Owusu-Asomaning,
  • White Wheatley

    “White Wheatley”

  • Runner up: Andrew Halpern,
  • Voyage to Wheatley

    “Voyage to Wheatley”

  • Runner up: Laurie Miller,
  • An Oxford perspective of Brookes

    “An Oxford perspective of Brookes”

Please visit the Simon William Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus to see these winning photographs, which will be displayed until 22 May 2009.

Winners will be notified via email no later then 15 May 2009 and prizes can be collected from ASKe by arrangement. Terms and conditions are applied.

The five Brookes Café vouchers winners have been notified separately.


Terms and Conditions:
1. There is no entry fee.
2. Entrants have the right to withdraw from the competition at any time.
3. All photographs entered must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrant must has obtain any necessary permission from any third party who appears in the photograph.
4. Photographs may be stored electronically and/or in hard copy by ASKe, for use on the ASKe website and /or future publicity.
5. Winners will be announced by ASKe on 11 May 2009. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. If a winner is unable to be contacted, ASKe reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.
7. ASKe will not be responsible for any loss or damage to entries during postage, during electronic transmission or whilst in our possession though every effort will be made to keep the work safe and secure.
8. ASKe is not responsible for any material lost, damaged or misdirected in the mail.
9. If, for any reason, this competition is not capable of completion as planned for any reason, ASKe reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this competition.


If you have any queries about the competition, or require further information, please contact ASKe via email to or phone +44 (0)1865 485930


Meeting: Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism
Date: Thursday, 4 June 2009
Time: 09.30 - 16.15
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

This one day event will explore current issues in dealing with cases of student plagiarism. It will focus on the institutional rather than the pedagogic aspects of student plagiarism, including issues around international students and the legal context. There will be opportunities to share good practice and to hear how others have developed procedures in line with the changing demands of higher education in 2009.

Topics covered in plenary or workshop sessions will include:

  • Contract cheating
  • Policy and teaching gaps in supporting international students
  • Embedding a co-ordinated approach to plagiarism through academic conduct officers
  • The latest information on the capabilities of ‘plagiarism detection tools’
  • Newcomer forum for discussion on resources, advice and shared issues

Who should attend?

  • Senior managers
  • Those with responsibility for quality assurance
  • Student support professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in institutional policies and procedures

Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Wendy Sutherland-Smith
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia.

Jude Carroll
Visiting Teaching Fellow, Royal Technical University, Stockholm

Dr Anna Magyar
Learning Enhancement Tutor for International Students University of East Anglia

To register for this event please download a registration form and view booking details.
The cost of the day including lunch is £35 per person.


ASKe seminar series: Academic Performances: Ability, Identity and Technologies of the Self
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Time: 16.00-17.30
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

Michele Paule, ASKe Fellow and Learning and Teaching Development Co-ordinator at Westminster Institute of Education

Tuesday 19th May, 16.00-17.30, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site, Buckley Building, room BG11


"I didn't think I would make it but managed to just scrape it!"

(Comment from a female student attaining a First).


The Foucauldian (1) concept of 'Technologies of the self' describes those practices by which we regulate and categorize our behaviours, resulting in how we are perceived as 'selves' by others as well as ourselves.

In this seminar I consider ‘ability’ as a cultural and discursive construct, or as an outcome of such technologies. In doing so, I consider academic performance not as the inevitable outcome of innate or essential ability, but as the outcome of learned behaviours and cultural signifying practices. This consideration offers perspectives on insider/outsider academic group membership among students.

My work involves the exploration of some student ability-identities through literature review, through analysis of popular culture texts, and through focus group interviews and a purpose built forum. Reflecting on these findings, which form the core of my doctoral study of the discursive construction of ability and gender identities in girls, I reflect on how some of the issues revealed may translate into student engagements and practices in higher education. I will explore some tensions arising between institutional and cultural signs and practices, and the conflicting regulation of class, gender and ethnic identities with the academic. 

The conclusion will offer some ways in which an expanded view of academic 'performance’ can give useful insights into student outcomes.

(1). Martin, L.H. et al (1988) Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault. London: Tavistock.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Karen Handley, Deputy Director, ASKe


ASKe seminar series: Interpreting the numbers: What can systems data tell us about variations in marks?
Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Time: 12.30 - 13.30 or 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Wheatley Campus or Headington Campus

Dr. Peter Gray, ASKe Visiting Fellow, Director of Academic Assessment, United States Naval Academy and Visiting Scholar, University of Bath, Department of Education.

Two times and venues:

  1. 12.30-13.30 at Wheatley campus in the Stuart Rooks Lecture Theatre preceded by lunch from 12.00,
  2. - or - 16.00-17.30 at Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site, Buckley Building BG11

In this seminar I discuss an ongoing ASKe project to design and test a prototype methodology for interrogating student data in the form of module marks. The methodology will help decision makers answer significant evaluation research questions at Oxford Brookes.

The prototype methodology has been tested using two case studies: one looked at the impact of groupwork on students' marks; the second compared module marks in one subject group against comparable modules in order to better interpret the differences. For both case studies, the basic data raised critical questions which were answered using the local knowledge and insights of the course teams.

The seminar will discuss how course teams can best exploit existing data about module marks to guide the continuous improvement of teaching, learning and assessment.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact
Karen Handley, Deputy Director, ASKe


The Fourth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Learning Outside the Square
Date: Monday, 6 April 2009
09.20 - 15.55
Venue: The Reinvention Centre, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

This one-day event took place on Monday 6 April 2009 at Oxford Brookes University's Gipsy Lane Campus in Headington, Oxford, and showcased the Reinvention Centre space located there.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Nicki Lee, Academic Director of Swinburne Professional Learning at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Ian Bentley, Emeritus Professor of Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University, UK

The aim of the Symposium was to explore new and innovative social learning spaces, and this year's theme was 'Learning Outside the Square'. The sub-themes that the symposium addressed were:

  • innovative design: creating new/different teaching and learning opportunities
  • building a learning community (within and beyond the university)
  • the relationship between pedagogy and space
  • virtual social learning spac

For more information, please visit the following link:


ASKe seminar series: Assessment for Real World Learning
Date: 21 January 2009
Time: 14.00 – 15.30
Venue: Headington Campus

ASKe is very please to host a seminar by David Boud on ‘Assessment for Real World Learning’.

Assessment in higher education is being challenged by a multiplicity of demands. The assessment activities traditionally used, for example, examinations, assignments and other kinds of tests, have emerged from traditions that have not been influenced by contemporary professional practice. Given the increasing focus on an outcomes-oriented approach to education and the need to pursue a wide range of graduate attributes, it can be useful to examine assessment from a perspective outside the educational enterprise. Such a focus may enable us to identify priorities in the ways in which assessment is formed to better meet the ways in which higher education is used. The implications of such a perspective have the potential to substantially transform what we presently do in the assessment of students.

The seminar was then followed by discussions in which participants are invited to contribute to an international development project lead by David Boud aiming to challenge university assessment practice: 'Assessment for learning in and beyond courses'.

David Boud, Senior Fellow, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Professor of Adult Education, University of Technology, Sydney.

Co-Editor, Studies in Continuing Education.


ASKe seminar series: From alienation to engagement: student experiences of assessment
Date: 14 October 2008
Time: 16.00 - 17.30
Venue: Headington Campus

Colin Bryson, Director of Combined Studies, Newcastle University

Colin Bryson has recently joined Newcastle University after a long period at Nottingham Business School. For many years, he has been researching the topic of student engagement, initially gathering evidence from focus groups of business students drawn from all UG levels and also PG courses. This earlier work demonstrated the salience of assessment, and showed that students’ experiences of assessment could often alienate students as well as lead to a false engagement with something other than learning and intellectual development.

Colin, with other colleagues, is currently undertaking a longitudinal study which follows the experiences and perspectives of students throughout their degrees (in a range of subjects). Research has been completed covering the first year. This not only brings out the dynamic and multifaceted, complex nature of engagement but also identifies issues about student expectations and transitions. Colin will share this evidence and lead a discussion on student perceptions and experiences of assessment, and its influence on their learning, engagement and development.

For the full review of the seminar, please go to Teaching News.


Wheatley Carnival
Date: 18 September 2008
Time: 12.00 – 15.00
Venue: Wheatley Campus

“ASKe welcomed new undergraduates to the Business School by hosting Wheatley Carnival on Thursday 18th September.

Wheatley Carnival gave students the opportunity to socialise with their peers and contemporaries for the first time outside of the structured and academically orientated meetings they had experienced so far during induction week.

Freshers were able to take advantage of a free BBQ, ice cream van, live DJ and various street theatre performances from the likes of Bedlam OZ: Slinkie Love, Jason Maverick and Mike Hancock: The Hip Hop Cop.

The Carnival was a hit with both students and staff at the campus and there has been a huge call for similar events to held throughout the year. It is also worth mentioning that during the afternoon introductory meetings were held with personal tutors and many tutors have reported an increased turn out on last year citing the Carnival as being responsible for this and the positive mood of their tutees, which is a great bonus. “


Assessment in the 21st Century: How can we make it better?
Date: 26 June 2008
Time: 9.30 – 16.00
Venue: Royal Society of Arts, London

“On 26th June ASKe hosted an event at the Royal Society of Arts in London—‘Assessment in the 21st Century: How can we make it better?’—for representatives from seven institutions which have collaborated with ASKe in the past. The aim of the event was to foster further collaborative partnerships and to provide a forum for participants to listen to and comment on ASKe’s activities and future plans

During the course of the day, members of the ASKe directorate outlined the purpose and work of ASKe, as well as giving more detailed introductions to ASKe’s three strands of activity—embedding proven practice, changing assessment practice, and building community. Representatives from the University of Plymouth then spoke about their experiences of working collaboratively with ASKe. The day concluded with sessions on planning to work together, sharing dissemination ideas, and making customised plans.

As a direct result of this event, ASKe is now working with the University of Bedfordshire and London Metropolitan to promote ASKe’s manifesto on assessment standards. “


Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism
Date: 20 May 2008
Time: 9.00 – 16.00
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

“Tuesday 20 May saw the Second Meeting on ‘Institutional Polices and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism’ hosted by ASKe at Oxford Brookes University. This one-day event continued the success of last year’s conference with the event booking out well in advance and over 80 delegates attending.

Those attending were given the opportunity to share experiences on good practice and to discover how others have developed procedures to meet the changing demands of higher education in 2008.

The day comprised keynote speeches and workshops given by both staff at Oxford Brookes and visiting specialists from a variety of UK institutions. Topics covered included:

  • institutional case studies of approaches to managing plagiarism;
  • the latest information on the capabilities of ‘plagiarism detection tools’;
  • strategies for developing students’ skills as writers and researchers;
  • plagiarism in exams; and
  • supporting and training specialist officers to deal quickly and consistently with cases.”
Also see Plagiarism photos


Thy Kingdom Come
Date: 29 April – 1 May 2008
Time: 11.00 – 17.00
Venue: Dora Cohen Hall, Wheatley Campus

“Students at Brookes’ Wheatley Campus had the opportunity to visit a ‘strange wheeled box’ which appeared on campus for the last week of April.

The box and its contents made up a performance called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, created by award-winning Dutch theatre maker Dries Verhoeven, whose experiential theatre performances allow spectators to experience reality in a confusing, intense and moving way.

In the small enclosed space of the box, participants (one male, one female; each unknown to the other) are separated by a glass sound-proof wall. Due to similarities in the participants’ behaviour and their reactions, a confusing and intense experience is created which leaves total strangers with a lasting ‘bond’.

This event was organised by ASKe to celebrate the new social learning space provided by the ASKe-funded Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, and to foster community within the Business School and across the wider University. It was one of only three performances of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ to take place in the UK.”

See Thy Kingdom Come photo


Student Networking Fair
Date: 3 April 2008
Time: 12.00 – 14.00
Venue: Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus
“ASKe ran its first Student Networking Fair on Thursday 3 April in the new Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre. This two-hour informal event was aimed at raising our profile with the student body at Brookes. Students were invited to come and meet various members of the ASKe team and to find out more about our work and the opportunities that we can offer. Students interested in participating in ASKe projects were given the opportunity to register their details with us, and students who have already worked with us as PAL leaders, module assistants and casual technical advisors were on hand to share their experiences in these roles.”


The Third Symposium on social Learning Space
Date: 17 March 2008
Time: 9.00 – 16.00
Venue: Wheatley Campus

“ASKe, in conjunction with the Reinvention Centre, held their Third Symposium on Social Learning Space at Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus on 17 March 2008.

The theme for this Symposium was ‘Building student engagement with learning through space’. The day was a great success and featured two very interesting keynote presentations on different aspects of social learning space from professor Deborah Bickford (Dayton University, Ohio) and Dr Ray Harris (Principal of Edinburgh’s Telford College).

Two parallel sessions also ran during the day featuring eight workshops from institutions across the UK. Topics covered included innovative design; building community (both virtual and physical); colonisation studies: the expected and the unexpected; and different user populations. The event concluded with a lively panel session, with panel members compromising the keynote speakers, two workshop presenters and the ASKe Deputy Director, Berry O’Donovan.

ASKe was particularly pleased to host the Symposium at Wheatley this year, since it gave delegates an opportunity to see the new ASKe-funded Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, an innovative and technology-rich social learning space for Business school students, which opened last September.”

Also see Space Symposium photos


Designing Assessment in the 21st Century
Date: 13 – 15 November 2007
Time: All Day
Venue: Weston Manor Hotel

“ASKe hosted a unique event at Weston Manor Hotel, Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire over 3 days.

The ASKe Assessment Colloquium, ‘Designing Assessment in the 21st Century’, brought 30 national experts on assessment together with the ASKe International Advisory Group (a group of seven world-class experts on assessment from across the globe). This is the first time all of these luminaries have been gathered together in the same place and at the same event.

The Colloquium involved in-depth discussions with the International Advisory Group on the current state of assessment and the ways in which current practice might be improved. This resulted in a commitment by the whole group to work towards changing a system that all agreed to be broken. The ‘Weston Manor Group’ has now drafted a manifesto for change in relation to assessment standards, which will be offered with a view to stimulating debate across the sector but, more importantly, as a first step towards bringing about necessary amendments to policy and practice.”

See Weston Manor photos


Assessment in the 21st Century: a Subject Centre perspective
Date: 12 September 2007
Time: 10.00 – 16.00
Venue: Royal Society of Arts, London

“ASKe hosted ‘Assessment in the 21st Century: a Subject Centre perspective’ at the Royal Society of Arts on 12 September. We had received a number of requests to work with individual Subject Centres and so had identified a need for an event that offered all Subject Centres the opportunity to meet the ASKe team, hear about our activities to date and our future plans, and explore how they might collaborate with us on a one-to-one basis.

The day was a great success and was attended by representatives from 22 of the 24 Subject Centres. Themes for the day were an introduction to the purpose and work of ASKe, an outline of initiatives to change assessment practice, building community, and working together and sharing dissemination ideas.

We hope to have set the stage for more joint activities between ASKe and the Subject Centres and look forward to some productive working relationships!”


Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Plagiarism
Date: 2 April 2007
Time: 9.00 – 16.00
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site
'The one-day ‘Institutional Policies and Procedures for Dealing with plagiarism’ conference, hosted by ASKe, took place at Oxford Brookes University on Monday 2 April. It explored current issues in dealing with cases of student plagiarism, focussing on the institutional rather than the pedagogic aspects of student plagiarism.

The day compromised a mix of keynote speakers (Jude Carroll and Jon Appleton of Oxford Brookes University) and interactive workshops. Topics covered include:

  • the legal dimension, including levels of proof for pursuing a case and the demands for fairness, consistency and transparency in penalty decisions
  • electronic detection and the emerging good practice that helps keep students’ learning at the centre of activity
  • the needs of particular groups such as international students
  • how to develop and manage specialists officers to deal quickly and consistently with cases.

Approximately 90 delegates from HEIs across the UK attended, including senior managers, academics, those with responsibility for quality assurance, and student support professionals. Feedback from these delegates was highly complimentary.”


The Second Symposium on Social Learning Space
Date: 20 March 2007
Time: 9.00 - 16.00
Venue: Warwick University

“This Symposium, jointly hosted by ASKe and the reinvention Centre in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy took place at Warwick University on 20 March 2007.

The theme for this Symposium was ‘Design for Learning: Learning from Experience.’ Since  all CETLs received an element of capital funding, and many CETLs used these funds for new and diverse developments, the aim of the Symposium was to share experience of creating social learning spaces within universities by pooling insights, discussing problems and disseminating findings.

The programme for the day was varied and involving, compromising a mixture of keynote speakers, interactive presentations and a panel session. The Symposium attracted some 90 delegates from universities across the UK.

Colin Gilnore-Merchant of SMC Alsop Architects opened the day with this keynote presentation. Alsop Architects have been responsible for a number of innovative and exciting projects involving a wide range of building types, and they have a track record of creating distinctive public buildings.

There followed two sets of parallel sessions. The sessions took the form of 45 minute interactive workshops in which the workshop leaders introduced their social learning spaces and then encouraged active participation through discussion and activities. The sessions were wide-ranging, covering technology and IT, design and evaluation of spaces, student engagement, interdisciplinary education and internet café culture.

All delegates came together again for a panel session, chaired by ASKe Deputy Director, Jude Carroll, followed by a second keynote presentation by Roger Whiteman of RMJM Architects, the company responsible for the ongoing campus redevelopment at Oxford Brookes University.”


The ‘Redesigning Universities’ Symposium
Date: 26 January 2006
Time: 9.00-16.00
Venue: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane Site

“The ‘Redesigning Universities’ Symposium took place on 26 January 2006 at Oxford Brookes University, Gipsey Lane Campus and was jointly hosted by ASKE and the Reinvention Centre. The Symposium explored the idea of social learning space and how we might redesign our universities to make their spaces more effective for student learning.

Keynote speaker Professor Anja Timm of the University of Lancaster gave an interesting and stimulating address about social learning spaces in Latvia. Further talks were given by Rachel Edwards, Manager of the Learning Grid at Warwick University (an existing social learning space); Marion Temple, Deputy Director of the Reinvention Centre; and ASKe Deputy Director Berry O’Donovan.

The day ended with a number of discussion groups which examined questions such as:

  • What are the implications of social learning space?
  • How can we change existing spaces?
  • How can we make these spaces work?
And how do students study now?”


ASKe Launch and Fireworks Party
Date: 4 November 2005
Time: All Day
Venue: Wheatley Campus
The ASKe Centre for Excellence was launched formally on November 4th, 2005. The day kicked off with a keynote given by Professor Margaret Price on the work and intentions of ASKe that was well attended by academic staff and local employers.  Subsequently in a number of themed workshops employers and academics worked closely together to come up with ways to forge more effective links between higher education and employers.  But it was not all work!  When the sun went down the Wheatley campus at Oxford Brookes lit up with fireworks.  Around 200 first year students, university staff, local employers and their families attended the firework party listening to live music by The Sugar Creek Trio and eating a delicious hot bar-b-que. The event was superbly organised by Absolute Event Solutions a firm set-up by Brookes Business School alumni.


Contact us

Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange (ASKe)

Faculty of Business
Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
Oxford OX33 1HX

Tel: +44 (0)1865 485673
Fax: +44 (0)1865 485830