Learning Gain

A collaborative project, funded by the Office for Students and led by the University of Portsmouth, to better understand student experience and how to enhance learning

As part of a £4 million national initiative exploring learning gain (the skills, knowledge or personal development that undergraduates gain through their degree) the University of Portsmouth has been funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to lead one of 13 pilot projects.

Many claims are made about the benefits of going to University but few measures have been developed to assess whether these benefits are achieved. Working in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Royal Holloway, and the University of the Arts, London, this project aims to:

1) Develop and trial psychometric questionnaires of learning gain that will be reliable, valid, and free for use by other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The self-report measures to be developed will focus on personal development and employability identity.

2) Gain an in depth understanding of different stakeholders’ conceptions of learning gain (students, staff, parents, and employers).

3) Provide results that will inform policy makers and HEIs on how to improve their degree programmes.

Find out more about the OfS learning gain programme

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