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AHE Logo (Cut out tick, no text)‘Great conference, full of thought provoking collegial debates and excellent networking’ (delegate comment on Twitter).

‘a great opportunity to learn about new directions in research in a friendly environment where everyone seemed very approachable and helpful’ (delegate email).

The Assessment in Higher Education Conference is expanding and diversifying. Whilst we will continue to hold the main conference bi-annually, we are now involved in two other initiatives in developing and debating assessment matters in higher education internationally.

Transforming AssessmentFirstly, we are teaming up with the Australian based Transforming Assessment Webinar Series run by Geoffrey Crisp from RMIT and Mathew Hillier from Monash University. The collaboration has yet to be finalised but will involve AHE suggesting speakers for the webinar series, a potential on-line conference track to supplement our face to face events, and co-publicity of each other’s activities. Our hope is to make AHE a more ‘blended’ organisation, significantly increasing participation and sharing more widely the excellent material that delegates already present in the biannual conference.

Secondly, we are planning a smaller 2016 event which will build on the 2015 conference. Entitled Transforming Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education: the challenge of change at institutional level, this one-day seminar will take place in Manchester on Thursday 30th June 2016.

Sue 2013 New PicThe keynote speaker will be Professor Sue Bloxham and we are seeking proposals for short presentations. It is designed to be a very interactive and lively day drawing on and debating multiple examples of transforming assessment. If you would like to submit a proposal, please use this link

Finally, the Assessment in Higher Education Conference is delighted to announce two changes to the Executive Committee. The President of the conference for the next three years is Professor Kay Sambell from the University of Northumbria. The role of Committee Chair for the 2017 conference is

Professor Pete Boyd from the University of Cumbria. Pete replaces Sue Bloxham who has led the conference since its inauguration in 2008 and we thank Sue for her longstanding contribution.

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