First-year students required for ‘learning gain’ research study

43446We are looking for Level 4 (Year 1 undergraduate) students to take part in a national study to explore how students develop over the course of their degree.

If you take part in the survey, you’ll be entered into our prize draw where you have a chance of winning an iPad Air 2 or Amazon voucher. You’ll also receive a free report showing how the skills you develop at university, attributes such as resilience and positive attitude, can improve your job prospects.

What does the study involve?

We would ask you to complete a series of online questionnaires. We will then invite you to complete these questionnaires at the end of Level 4 and the end of Level 5.

All participants will be entered into a prize draw at each stage where you could be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

  •        1 x  iPad Air 2
  •        1 x £100 Amazon Voucher
  •        5 x £50 Amazon Vouchers

You will receive a report at the end of the project showing you how you have developed over the course of your degree. You could use this for your own development action planning and to help you to respond to questions in an employment interview.

Why are we doing this study?

The University of Portsmouth has been awarded funding by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to lead one of 13 projects as part of a £4 million funded national initiative to explore learning gain.

Many claims are made about the benefits of going to university but very few measures have been developed to assess whether these claims are achieved. This important national study will explore how students develop over the course of their degree and will stimulate debate about the quality of higher education. The study will inform the university sector how they can improve undergraduate degrees in the future.

The aim of our particular project is to develop and trial psychometric questionnaires of learning gain that will be reliable, valid, and free for use by other Higher Education Institutions. The self-report measures to be developed will focus on personal development and readiness for employment. We are also measuring student engagement.

Take the survey here.

To keep up to date about the project:

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Or follow us on twitter: @UoPLearningGain

If you would like to ask any questions about the project, please contact the Project Lead, or Project Research Fellow:

Project Lead: Professor Sherria Hoskins

Telephone: 023 9284 3007


Project Research Fellow: Dr Emily Mason-Apps

Telephone: 023 9284 6390


This study has been scientifically and ethically reviewed, and given favourable ethical opinion by the Science Faculty Ethics Committee on 28 October 2015 (Ethics code: SFEC 2015-077B).


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