University joins Grade Point Average pilot

Posted by ap507 at Oct 30, 2013 12:55 PM |
Advisory group chaired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess to inform national education discussion

The University will be among the first in the country to pilot a new grading system that could ultimately replace the centuries old honours degree classification.

The pilot will try out the ‘Grade Point Average’ (GPA) system, which differs from the current UK degree classification in that it provides an average from grades achieved throughout the entire duration of a student’s course.

GPA models are widely used internationally and the perceived benefits of a GPA system are that it helps to keep students engaged throughout their degree programme, increases the transparency of the final degree score, and provides greater international comparability of degree results.

The pilot, which will conclude in July 2014, is part of a two-year programme designed to inform a national discussion about assessing and representing students’ academic achievement. Overseeing the pilot and programme is a national advisory group, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess (pictured), Vice-Chancellor at the University and chair of the HEA board.

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