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Learning gain is the difference between the skills demonstrated by students at two points in time, including for example at the start and end of a degree programme.
We hosted a conference on 9 February at the Royal Society in London with a range of English and international speakers to explore and debate different conceptions and measures of learning gain used by institutions, disciplines or departments, and the potential purposes of such measures in England.
The conference was aimed at senior HEI management and practitioners who want to influence the debate on learning gain from the beginning.
HEFCE is working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Academy to explore learning gain in more depth. We have commissioned Rand Europe to conduct a scoping study of learning gain in higher education. The results were presented at the conference and a report will be published in early spring.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Pam Macpherson Barrett (P.Macpherson-Barrett@hefce.ac.uk)