Evaluation of the UMF Review of Assessment Project: Monthly Update, December 2018

Update of progress so far …

Phase 1 Survey

Phase 1 of the project, which took place over the Summer, involved carrying out surveys with academic staff, to explore their perceptions on the impact of the UMF Review and the usefulness of the COGS Learning Outcomes Toolkit. Using the data collected in this survey, I analysed and coded the responses (including all qualitative information), from which I produced a summary of the key themes emerging within the data. My team and I met to discuss and further unpick the themes and ideas from the dataset.

Phase 2 Focus Groups

At the beginning of December 2018, we received internal ethics approval to conduct a series of focus groups with academic staff (Phase 2 of the UMF Review Evaluation project). The ethics process involved submitting: (1) a participant information sheet (2) an informed consent form and (3) the internal ethics form. It was ensured that the rights of the participants, along with data protection and confidentiality were fully understood (by the research team) before gaining ethical approval and that these statements were clearly stated in all documentation to be given to participants. I attended a number of training sessions for the practical running of the focus groups, which included training on how to use: (a) BARCO for presenting the questions for discussion, and (b) Audacity for the audio recording of group discussions.

After receiving the required approvals, I have been in contact with the subject leaders to promote the study within each faculty, and to subsequently recruit willing staff members from various subject areas. There are currently three focus groups running in January 2019, with more groups to be scheduled during January/February 2019. We successfully completed the first focus group at the end of December, which was an important step towards getting the data collection process underway for this second phase of the project.     

We are currently planning the various outputs for this project, which will include internal reports and academic journal papers. The write-up phase is planned to start in January 2019.   

Project plans for the next month:

  • To continue recruiting willing staff to attend the focus groups and to organise additional session dates
  • To begin the writing process for the proposed study outputs

Thank you for reading this post.


We welcome UoN staff, who would like to support our research on the UMF Review Evaluation Project, to participate in one of the below focus groups.

The focus groups are expected to take around 1.5 hours and sessions will be based on the Waterside Campus. The proposed dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 03 January 2019, 14:00-15:30
  • Wednesday 09 January 2019, 12:00-13:30
  • Tuesday 15 January 2019, 11:00-12:30

Please note that further focus group dates will be added.

If you have any queries regarding this research or would like to book a place on one of our focus groups, please email Natalie Bisal (Natalie.Bisal@northampton.ac.uk)


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