Students as Partners in Assessment (SaPiA)

Students as Partners in Assessment (SaPiA)

Engaging students as partners in their learning and student experience is important as it gives them a sense of ownership and academic staff can benefit from their insight.

Student partnership is a broad area and can include student participation in university committees, module and programme development, feedback processes and more.


Arising from the TEU's existing focus on assessment design and academic integrity, in 2020 we undertook some work in the area of student partnership in assessment. This was funded in part by quality improvement (QUID) funding from the DCU Quality Promotion Office. It drew on existing work from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the National Student Engagement Programme.

Explore our resources on this page and contact us if you would like guidance in getting partnership started with your students.

Contact: Dr Fiona O'Riordan and Rob Lowney


This two-page resource summarises the main findings of this project. It explores a variety of partnership possibilities in assessment and how academics and students can make partnership a success. Click to access the resource as a PDF file.

The literature underpinning this project is explored in our literature scoping review. This review was conducted in spring 2020 and the final publication was released in December 2020. 

Click to access the document.

Students as Partners in Assessment: A Literature Scoping Review.pdf


The TEU, in conjunction with NSTEP and DCU Students' Union, hosted an online seminar (supported by the National Forum) on 11 March 2021 to explore student partnership in assessment.

The event included:

1. Overview of student partnership
2. Overview of the literature of student partnership in assessment 
3. Possibilities for student partnership in assessment
4. The student and staff perspective of utilising partnership approaches to assessment

A link to the seminar recording and all supporting material is available below. 

SaPiA Seminar 11 March 2021 - Shared links