Brookes International HE Reading Group

The Brookes International HE Reading Group is hosted by the Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development (OCAED) and meets monthly throughout the year (online) to discuss recent and/or seminal articles and publications that could make a difference to the way we think about our teaching, curriculum or students’ experiences. The articles are chosen to provoke reflection, insight and debate and are grouped around themes (4-5 sessions per theme). Anyone from across the international Higher Education community is most welcome.  

Please send suggestions for articles to read to Dr Adrian J. Wallbank (

How to join

To take part in the sessions, please register your interest here:

Theme 1: Assessment and Feedback

Assessment and feedback has always been central to discussions around pedagogy, and as Knight (1995, p.13) stated, ‘assessment is a moral activity. What we choose to assess and how shows quite starkly what we value’. With issues such as modularisation, meaningful assessment, validity, constructive alignment, inclusive assessments and recent concerns about over assessment, there’s plenty for us to discuss, and an international perspective with reference to the literature should prove mutually beneficial for us all.

Please join us for one or all of the following sessions:

Wednesday 28 June 2023, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

For our final meeting before the summer break we turn our attention to supervisory feedback for graduate students. In this paper, Bastola and Hu (2021) investigate supervisory comments on thesis drafts, beliefs and expectations, and discuss their findings in relation to improving practice. If you’re involved in any kind of project / thesis supervision, this paper should be of great interest. We hope to see you there.

Bastola, Madhu Neupane, and Hu, Guangwei, (2021) Supervisory Feedback across Disciplines: Does it Meet Students’ Expectations?, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 46:3, pp.407-423.

Previous sessions and recordings