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First year students required for ‘learning gain’ research study

We are looking for participants for this national study to explore how students develop over the course of their degree.index

The research team from five Universities (University of Portsmouth; Roehampton University; Southampton University; Royal Holloway College, University of London and University of the Arts, London) will develop questionnaires to test many of the claims that are made about the benefits of going to University. These tests will measure ‘Learning Gain’ – this means your development over the course of a degree. Specifically we are focusing on measuring your views about learning and intelligence, the way you learn, your confidence and how you see yourself as a future employee, after graduation. We will explore this data in relation to university grades and what you go on to do after graduation.

The University has been awarded funding by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to lead one of 12 projects to explore learning gain. 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.

We are aiming to recruit a minimum of 750 Level 4 students to take part in this research this year. We will then collect follow up data from them at the end of Level 5 and Level 6.

All participants will be entered into a raffle at each stage, where you could win one of the following prizes:

  •   1 x iPad Air 2
  •   1 x £100 Amazon voucher
  •   10 x £50 Amazon vouchers

For further information and to take part, please click here.

To keep up-to-date about the project, 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:

Principal Investigator: Dr Sherria Hoskins

T: 023 9284 6321


Project Research Fellow: Dr Emily Mason-Apps

T: 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 2015-077).

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