History UK’s Assessment Working Group is exploring different aspects of history assessment in Higher Education. It aims to gain a better understanding of history assessment in varied contexts including different types of HEIs, throughout degree programmes and across the UK. The aim is also to produce support and guidance for both developing and diversifying history assessment.

The group will be surveying Directors of Teaching (or equivalents) to understand the assessment landscape in HE with a discipline specific focus.

The group are also creating an edited resource about the many different ways in which history can be assessed in Higher Education. This will include ‘traditional’ forms of assessment such as the essay and exam, and more ‘innovative’ forms such as creative outputs and ‘authentic’ assessments. We aim to demonstrate diversity in history assessment by covering a wide range of assessment types and variety within assessment types. The call for expressions of interest to contribute to this exciting new resource is open until 8 May 2024. Please complete the assessment resource expressions of interest form

Other areas of work being undertaken by the working group include postgraduate assessment, assessment and transitions to university, and ‘alternative’ assessments such as public history projects, ‘live briefs’ and creative outputs.