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UK research highlights the need for the higher education sector to design more inclusive, accessible, and flexible assessment choices.


The Optionality in Assessment project will analyse the scope, feasibility, and practicality of student choice in assessment.


Using surveys and interviews with teaching staff, students, external examiners, regulators, accreditors, international HE academics, administrators, and employers, the project will provide guidance and support around assessment optionality.


The project is led by the University of Manchester, who are partnering with Imperial College London, University College London (UCL) and University of York.




The cross institutional team will develop advice on best practice around optionality in assessment – this will consist of two publications to support teaching staff in their development of inclusive, accessible and flexible assessments for their students:


  • Perceptions of optionality in assessment: A cross-institutional study from the project institutions
  • Practical guidance on optionality in assessment

They will also share:

  • multimedia resources sharing advice for students on potential choices in assessment,
  • case studies to showcase where students perceive best practice and how this is designed,
  • and a practice-sharing conference, open to QAA members.

Project lead:

University of Manchester

Project partners:

Imperial College London, University of York and University College London

Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.