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Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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Pilot projects

We are supporting 13 collaborative institutional projects to test and evaluate different ways of measuring learning gain. Over 70 universities and colleges, reflecting student and sector diversity, are involved.

Findings from the projects will emerge year-on-year, and an external researcher will share these outcomes across the projects.

The projects combine two different approaches: cross-sectional (comparing students in different cohorts at the same time) and longitudinal (analysing progress over time).

Each project has an evaluation strand built within it and we have also appointed an external researcher, Camille Kandiko-Howson from King’s College London, to cross-fertilise approaches, evaluate outputs and outcomes, and to draw out collective findings. See the Year 1 evaluation report

Please find below links to each of the 13 pilot projects, listed by the lead institution.

Lead institution

Project title

Partner institutions

The Careers Group  (University of London)

Using careers registration as a measure of work readiness learning gain

University College London; School of Oriental and African Studies; Goldsmiths; King’s College London; Queen Mary, University of London; St George’s, University of London; Royal Veterinary College; St Mary’s University; Liverpool John Moores University; Lancaster University; University of Exeter; University of Bristol

Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (Birmingham City University)

Details of case study to follow

Liverpool John Moores University; Coventry University; Staffordshire University

University of East Anglia

Learning gain measures at University of East Anglia

City College Norwich

University of East London

Omnibus learning gain study

Brunel University London; University of Roehampton

University of Lincoln

Learning gain project

University of Huddersfield

The Manchester College

Measuring learning gain

The Blackpool and Fylde College; Bradford College; City College Norwich; Doncaster College; Gloucester College; Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education; Hull College; Leeds City College; New College Durham; Rotherham College; Tameside College; South Devon College; Wakefield College; West Herts College; York College

University of Manchester

Alternative measures and models of learning gain


The Open University

A longitudinal mixed-method study of learning gains: applying ABC framework at three institutions

Oxford Brookes University; University of Surrey

Plymouth University

Self-reporting measures for learning gain; engaging and supporting students in measures to develop self-efficacy

City College Plymouth; Bridgwater College; Cornwall College, Petroc; Strode College; South Devon College

University of Portsmouth

Education as transformation: Developing measures of non-cognitive development

University of Southampton; Royal Holloway; Roehampton University


Measuring learning gain from practice and work-based learning programmes

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Southampton Solent University; Rose Bruford College; Falmouth University; Norwich University of the Arts; Arts University Bournemouth

University of Reading

Learning gain: can attainment data inform pedagogy?


University of Warwick

Learning and employability gain assessment community

University College London; University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; University of Durham; University of Exeter; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; University of Southampton; University of Sheffield; University of York; Imperial College London; King’s College London; Newcastle University; Queen Mary, University of London

Page last updated 13 December 2017

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