What is happening?
From 2019/20, individual Schools at Newcastle University will have the option to introduce non-anonymous marking for assessments that are currently marked anonymously. This is a change to the policy which previously required all assessments to be marked anonymously.
‘Anonymous marking’ means that your name is not attached to the assessment when it is being marked.
What kind of assessments could be affected?
This option would apply to assessments that are usually marked anonymously, such as essays.
This is opposed to assessments that are either inappropriate or impractical to mark anonymously, such as lab work, practical or oral demonstrations, and dissertations.
How would a School introduce non-anonymous marking for a specific assessment?
If a School believes that a specific assessment would be better marked non-anonymously, they need to articulate the benefits of this change for students and staff.
They would be required to take this proposal to the School’s Student-Staff Committee (also called a Student Voice Committee in some Schools). The documentation should be provided to the Student Chair and Secretary in advance to allow them to consult with students in the School.
The School’s Board of Studies would then receive feedback and recommendations from the Student-Staff Committee.
Both the SSC and Board of Studies have to be in agreement in order for this request to be approved. Requests for non-anonymously marked assessments should be considered by SSCs and Board of Studies in the year before implementation.
How will this process be monitored?
On an annual basis, the SSC and Board of Studies will review the existing approved non-anonymous assessments to ensure that these remain appropriate for the following academic year.
When will the proposal be implemented?
From 2019/20. This is to allow SSCs and Boards of Studies to consider requests this academic year.
How will I know if my assessments are going to be marked non-anonymously?
Details of which assessments are marked non-anonymously should be included in your Degree Programme Handbook, explaining what this means in practice and how the approach is beneficial to you.