Anonymity in Assessment (0506P17)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Education

Passed: 04/02/2014 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • All students at their time at university are assessed throughout their course, via a variety of methods
  • On-going discussion in the University at Senate level regarding anonymity issues
  • Every student at Southampton University should be treated equally
  • The introduction of anonymous marking will not only benefit students but lecturers too. It will reduce the scope for complaints, as well as potentially lead to better lecture/ student relations as you know everyone is being treated equally
  • In many subject areas, discrepancies in the levels of involvement and interaction between staff and their students lead to incidents of “favouritism” and inconsistent marking
  • The quality of feedback is ultimately and significantly not affected by anonymity. Present feedback does not justify the use of non-blind marking
  • There is scope for anonymity to be introduced in many more areas than it is at present
  • It is recognised that in some types of assessment (for example group work) it is not      possible to have total anonymity in the assessment process.
  • To promote to the university the idea of making anonymous marking the norm across the Schools and in as many areas of assessment as possible
  • To push this issue in all relevant discussions, meetings and other forums
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy