• Training Room

    STEP - Let's Talk About Inclusive Assessment
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    In this workshop, participants reflect on & learn about inclusive assessment at Strathclyde. Participants will explore relevant University policies, consider best practice in ‘inclusive assessment’, ‘reasonable adjustments’ and flexible approaches to assessing student competencies.

Duration 1 hour 30 mins

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Archived

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Target Audience: All staff involved in designing and delivering assessment and feedback

In 2018, Natasha Abrahart, a physics student at the University of Bristol, tragically killed herself. Natasha had been living with a mental health diagnosis. Staff at the University had been made aware that oral assessments were ‘a primary stressor’. Her body was discovered the day she due to give an assessed oral presentation to students and staff in a 329-seat lecture theatre.  

 In a civil case brought against the University, the judge ruled that by failing to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, the University had failed in its duty of care towards Natasha and was guilty of discrimination.  

 In this 1.5 hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the implications of Natasha’s story for assessment practice at Strathclyde. Participants will explore relevant University policies, and consider best practice in ‘inclusive assessment’, ‘reasonable adjustments’ and flexible approaches to assessing student competencies.   

 The conversation will be guided by representatives of Strathclyde’s Disability and Wellbeing, Education Enhancement and Organisational and Staff Development Unit (OSDU) teams.  

 The workshop will take place in an atmosphere of candour and respect, with everyone being encouraged to speak openly and ask uncomfortable questions.  



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff. If you feel you have a disability, health issue, or neurodivergent condition that may affect your ability to access, participate or engage in this course, please get in touch with us at osdu@strath.ac.uk to discuss your specific support requirements.


Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.

Delivered By: Chris MacKenzie (Disability and Wellbeing Manager), with William Hasty, Sean Morrissey and Katy Savage