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Call for submissions: HEFCW-funded QAA Welsh Integrity and Assessment Network Symposium 2024

Date: February 6 - 2024

QAA has today opened a call for proposals for the upcoming HEFCW-funded QAA Welsh Integrity and Assessment Network (WIAN) Symposium. The event will be hosted online by QAA in partnership with the WIAN on Thursday 6 June, between 9.00 and 17.00 BST. This is the second symposium hosted by the Network and it will build on the success of the first event in June 2023.

The WIAN was established in September 2021 via grant arrangements with HEFCW and represents the Welsh higher education sector’s commitment to strengthening academic integrity, promoting inclusive and authentic assessment practice, and combatting academic misconduct. The foundation of the Network is QAA’s Academic Integrity Charter, of which all Welsh universities are signatories

The Network is chaired by Professor Michael Draper (Swansea University) and Dr Mike Reddy (University of South Wales) who are also members of the UK Academic Integrity Advisory Group. The wider membership is representative of staff, students and learners from all regulated higher education providers in Wales, which includes the nine universities and two further education colleges, and NUS Wales. From 2023-24 onwards, the Network is open to all tertiary education providers in Wales, reflective of the transition to the new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER).

The upcoming symposium will be grounded in the themes of the Network, and we would particularly value proposals from tertiary education providers on:

  • inclusive and authentic assessment practice
  • digital assessment
  • innovative practice in artificial intelligence
  • students and learners as co-creators of assessment
  • Welsh language and academic integrity.

Professor Draper said: ‘The success of the WIAN comes from a commitment to the QAA Academic Integrity Charter and sharing effective and authentic approaches to promoting academic integrity. This community of practice allows colleagues, students, and learners to navigate key challenges in this space collectively.’   

Dr Reddy said: ‘The upcoming symposium is an opportunity for academics, students, learners and quality staff across the tertiary sector to share practice on some of the current challenges and innovative practice in assessment, academic integrity and its impact on the students and learners of today and in future’.  

Proposals from tertiary education providers across the UK, and internationally, are welcome. All proposals should be submitted via our online form, which also contains some more information about the event. The closing date for proposals is 22 March at 17.00.

The Network are also seeking additional assessors to support with identifying proposals that will be taken forward to the event. To find out more information and/or submit an expression of interest, please use our online form. The closing date for expressions of interest for assessors is 15 March at 17.00.

Proposals are welcome in English or Welsh.

Registration for the event is now open