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Programme Assessment Strategies (PASS)

This National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) funded project outlived its funding period and is still very much alive with new and updated case studies, recent publications, and workshops in high demand. Teams adopting programme focused assessment have been recognised nationally through Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence CATE.

The project aimed to confront a fundamental issue for every Higher Education (HE) course/programme leader: how to design an effective, efficient, inclusive and sustainable assessment strategy which delivers the key course/programme outcomes.

“It is enlightening to realise the restrictions that a teaching focused credit bearing modular system inflicts on the longitudinal development of students.” Peninsula Medical School - Case Study Update

Prof Peter Hartley 

Peter Hartley is now Higher Education Consultant, and Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University, following previous roles as Professor of Education Development at Bradford and Professor of Communication at Sheffield Hallam. As National Teaching Fellow since 2000, he has promoted new technology in education, including the development of award-winning software. He led influential development projects for HEA and Jisc was involved in other national initiatives (e.g. CETLs) covering a range of themes, including institutional online and assessment strategies. Recent/ongoing consultancy includes work on coaching/CPD initiatives, institutional strategies for learning spaces, and assessment (usually involving approaches from the PASS project on programme-focused assessment). Current interests also include concept mapping and visual thinking, and developments in human communication and online interaction (e.g. second edition of Business Communication, Routledge, 2015).

Ruth Whitfield

 Ruth Whitfield, LTQE Senior Educational Developer at University of Bradford

Ruth Whitfield is Senior Educational Developer at the University of Bradford, leading the team who are responsible for institutional implementation and operation of key educational enhancement initiatives, including technology enhanced learning. She received institutional recognition for her significant teaching experience and outstanding contributions to teaching excellence (the University’s Baroness Lockwood Award and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement) and developed a national reputation for her management of educational projects leading to National Teaching Fellow 2020. Major projects have included the exploration of student transitions in, through and out of Higher Education (DevelopMe and Outduction) and the development of programme-focused assessment through the PASS project which is continuing to influence institutional strategies and practice across the UK. Most recently, Ruth has focused on enhancing the student learning experience by supporting programme leaders to design and implement programme focused assessment.

Jackie Smart

Meet the Team

Jackie Smart is an Educational Developer at the University of Bradford, where she contributes to the Bradford: Fellowships scheme and has led on the development of various aspects of CPD for staff, with a particular focus on assessment and programme leadership. She is also a facilitator of the Advance HE Professional Development Course for External Examiners. This is her second career, following 25 years as an academic teaching Drama during which she was involved in a number of pedagogical research and enhancement projects, in the design of a range of innovative UG and PG programmes of study and in leading and managing programmes and departments.

Contact us

For the latest news/updates, please follow @PASS_Bradford on Twitter.

Prof Peter Hartley and Ruth Whitfield, the PASS Project Director and Project Manager, continue to take forward PASS and programme focused assessment with Ruth's colleague, Jackie Smart. Please contact us for:

  • more information about the PASS project;
  • discussion about new or updated case studies;
  • delivering a workshop for you.

Ruth Whitfield
Tel: 01274-233336

Jackie Smart
Tel: 01274-232277

Directorate of Learning, Teaching & Quality Enhancement,
University of Bradford