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Learning Gain: An Agenda for Change

9.30am - 4.30pm, Thursday 27th September 2018

Woburn House Conference Centre
20-24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

Final Programme
Presentations and further information from the event

This event was designed to outline and stimulate discussion that will contribute to understanding how learning gain can contribute to an agenda for change in higher education. We brought together the collective findings from LEGACY ( and those of other programmes of research funded by HEFCE/OfS. You will have the opportunity to understand the different investigative approaches and recommendations that can impact on policy, practice, and the future utility of learning gain measurements.

A number of exciting and influential speakers and panellists took part including:

  • The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts FRS, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation
    Keynote title - Learning Gain and what it means for policy
  • Ant Bagshaw, former Deputy CEO Wonkhe
    Keynote title - Learning Gain in Context: where does it fit in the turbulent world of HE policy?

The event also included a Learning Gain Panel with key figures from the sector, including Emma Maskell, Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor at the Office for Students and Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Academic Head of Student Engagement at Kings College London and OfS Learning Gain Evaluator.

There were presentations from LEGACY Strand leads from the University of Cambridge (Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor Jan Vermunt & Dr Sonia Ilie), University of Warwick (Anne Wilson & Dr Heike Behle), University of Birmingham (Eluned Jones), Newman University, Birmingham (Dr Toni Wright) and University of Nottingham (Dr Nalayini Thambar) showcasing their insights into how conceptual frameworks and methodological insights might be applied across the sector.

A range of parallel sessions were also held which explored learning gain within the context of subject/disciplines, the curriculum and as an aspect of employability.

The LEGACY Project Team.

Professor Christina Hughes
Dr Liz Austen
Sunil Maher

Further information and presentations from the event can be accessed at:

Registration for this event has closed.